Astronomers Create a Constellation for David Bowie

I think this is the most beautiful tribute anyone could ever do for David Bowie. Studio Brussels, a radio station, spoke to MIRA Public Observatory and asked them to dedicate a constellation to Bowie, making him an actual ‘Starman’. Seven stars together form the lightening bolt on the rock legend’s face on his Aladdin Sane album cover.

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“It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars,” said Philippe Mollet from the MIRA Observatory. “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.”

Google Sky has added to the initiative with ‘Stardust for Bowie’, a website that allows fans to ‘interact’ with the constellation in real time by choosing a spot within it to name their favourite Bowie song and leave a personal message for the late rockstar.

Here is mine:


It is a beautiful, symbolic and significant tribute, acknowledging Bowie’s various personalities and contributions to music, film and society. I don’t think anything or anyone can fill the void he left behind, but this way we know we can see him every time we look up at the stars.



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