David Bowie honoured with his own constellation near Mars
The latest tribute to David Bowie comes from radio station Studio Brussels and the MIRA Public Observatory in Belgium who have given the late artist his own constellation.
Located in the vicinity of Mars, the constellation is shaped after the iconic lightning bolt painted on Bowie’s face for the cover of his 1973 album Aladdin Sane.
MIRA’s Phillipe Molet explains how “it was not easy to determine the appropriate stars. Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy. Referring to his various albums, we chose seven stars – Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132, and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis – in the vicinity of Mars. The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death.”
The two institutions have also created a website for the occasion, Stardust for Bowie, where fans can add Bowie songs to a Google Sky representation of the constellation.