Published Jan 15, 2016Plenty of tributes have poured in this week following the death of iconic pop chameleon David Bowie, but perhaps none have come as grand as the lightning bolt-shaped constellation that's just been registered to honour the Starman.
DDB Brussels reports that Belgian radio station Studio Brussels and the MIRA Public Observatory have registered a series of seven stars in the shape of a lightning bolt, this referencing the iconic cover of Bowie's 1973 album, Aladdin Sane.
A statement from MIRA's Philippe Mollet explains that Studio Brussels approached them about finding an appropriate space for the tribute. Fittingly, the constellation sits "in the vicinity of Mars."
The statement reads:
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.
You can learn more about the honour on the newly-made Stardust for Bowie website, where fans can list their favourite Bowie song and add a message by clicking on a Google Sky representation of the constellation.
As previously reported, this weekend finds Arcade Fire honouring their friend and collaborator with a parade that will run through the streets of New Orleans.