Which astronomer is called out in Queen’s song “Bohemian Rhapsody”?
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a song by the British rock band Queen, written by lead singer Freddie Mercury. The six-minute iconic mini rock opera became the band’s defining song. The song parodies elements of opera with bombastic choruses, sarcastic recitative, and distorted Italian operatic phrases. Lyrical references include Scaramouche, the fandango, Figaro, and Beelzebub, with cries of “Galileo.” Freddie Mercury had supposedly written “Galileo” into the lyrics in honor of lead guitarist Brian May, who had a passionate interest in astronomy and would later go on to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics.
The correct answer is Galileo Galilei.