The tributes to David Bowie have been flooding in this week, and the latest one has come from radio station Studio Brussels and the MIRA Public Observatory in Belgium.
The constellation Bowie has been honoured with is in the vicinity of Mars, and is shaped like the lightning bolt that was painted on the artist’s face for the cover of the 1973 album, ‘Aladdin Sane’.
On the process of selection the constellation, MIRA’s Phillipe Molet 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.”
A website called ‘Stardust for Bowie’ has also been created by both parties, where fans can add Bowie songs to a Google Sky interpretation of the constellation.
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