Starman David Bowie has constellation named after him

Belgian astronomers have dedicated a lightning bolt-shaped constellation to Bowie, who passed away earlier this week

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It’s clear that space, the stars and the unexplored corners of the universe were an inspiration to David Bowie, so it seems only fitting that this latest tribute to the late performer looks skywards. 

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Belgian astronomers have named a constellation after the Starman who passed away aged 69 earlier this week after a secret 18 month long battle with cancer. 

The new constellation is made up of seven stars that form the iconic lightning bolt seen on the cover of Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album. The interstellar tribute, which is also appropriately close to Mars, was registered by Belgium’s MIRA Public Observatory and the radio station Studio Brussels, PSFK reports.

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,” said Philippe Mollet from MIRA Public Observatory. 

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The lightning bolt shaped constellation is just one part of an astronomical tribute. Google Sky’s Stardust for Bowie allows fans to create personal tributes within the constellation’s borders by clicking and selecting their favourite song.