I became an armchair astronomer last week when I joined the local chapter of the Calgary Astronomy Meetup Group in the hopes of attending a talk called Building Aliens by renowned blogger, scientist, and humanist, Dr. PZ Myers.
In silent tribute to Brian May, I wore my News of the World (i.e., giant killer robot) t-shirt that night and felt at least a momentary kinship with Brian.
But then I realized that Dr. Myers represents three degrees of separation between me and Dr. May.
Dawkins and Brian May crossed paths in late June 2011 at the Starmus Festival in Tenerife, Spain. Both were on a panel discussing topics in which they are considered experts. As a biologist, Dawkins looked inward; as an astrophysicist, Brian looked outward.
here) and how he disagreed with Richard Dawkins on the absolute absence of a higher being. Perhaps that explains why there are no photos of May and Dawkins together at the Starmus Festival!
So who does one tend to believe in cases like this? Depending on the audience, there are good arguments either way. Brian, who’s own scholarly background gives him an awful lot of credibility in these otherworldly matters as Dawkins, obviously doesn’t share Dawkins’ absolute denial of an all-powerful god. Is the “dreamer” in Brian leaving that door open? Perhaps.
One thing that Myers and May have in common that Dawkins does not is that Brian and PZ each have an asteroid named after them:
153298 Paulmyers is an asteroid discovered on March 29, 2001 by David Healy at Junk Bond Observatory. It is named after biologist and prominent blogger PZ Myers. 
Asteroid 52665 Brianmay was named in his honour on 18 June 2008 on the suggestion of Sir Patrick Moore (probably influenced by the asteroid's provisional designation of 1998 BM30).  .