Ben Squires


Tue, 19 Jan, 2016

Astronomers dedicate constellation of stars to David Bowie

Astronomers dedicate constellation of stars to David Bowie

As tributes to David Bowie continue, a group of astronomers in Belgium have come up with a canny way to pay homage to the late pop music icon registering a constellation in his honour.

Consisting of seven stars in the vicinity of Mars, the constellation forms the shape of a lightning bolt similar to the one painted on Bowie’s face on the cover of the 1973 album Aladdin Sane.

Stardust For Bowie

In a statement, Philippe Mollet from the MIRA Observatory said, “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.”

Bowie passed away on 10 January aged 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer.

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