It’s neither heaven nor Las Vegas — it’s outer space. The International Astronomical Union has named an asteroid “Fraser,” in honor of the equally otherworldly Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser.
Cocteau Twins’ label 4AD announced the news on social media this week, adding that the celestial body was first discovered in 2013. Thankfully for the band and their PR team, it’ll be millions of years before the Fraser asteroid is expected to collide with Earth, meaning it won’t pose a threat to humankind. 4AD also shared a diagram of Fraser’s location in the sky, which this writer is not at all qualified to decipher, but thinks would make really cool-looking band merch.
Fraser can only be viewed using an advance telescope, but you can virtually explore a bunch of asteroids over on NASA’s website. Now, we just need to know who at the International Astronomical Union is a Cocteau Twins fan, because this whole thing really gives new depth to every time their music has been described as “celestial” or “atmospheric.” See 4AD’s post below.
Last year, Fraser (the person) and her partner, Massive Attack’s Damon Reece, released the debut EP under the moniker Sun’s Signature.