David Bowie Given His Own Lightning Bolt Constellation
Written by Tom Williams on 18th January, 2016
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The late David Bowie has been honoured with his very own lightning bolt star constellation, returning The Man Who Fell To Earth back into outer space.
As DDB Brussels points out, Belgian radio station Studio Brussel and the MIRA Public Observatory have registered a constellation in Bowie’s name, and they’ve shaped it like the Aladdin Sane lightning bolt.
Made up of seven stars, Bowie’s constellation is, of course, located near Mars, and takes its place alongside 88 other existing constellations.
Philippe Mollet from MIRA says determining which stars to register wasn’t all that easy, but a solution was eventually found.
“Referring to [Bowie’s] 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.”
Along with the new constellation, Studio Brussel have launched the Stardust For Bowie project, which lets fans interact with Bowie’s constellation using Google Sky, where you can assign a favourite Bowie song to the stars and leave a short message.
Recent Bowie tributes have seen Aussie singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko perform a soaring cover of Life On Mars, while Bowie has also become part of a brilliant mashup with late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, titled Ace Of Space.