January 16, 2016


David Bowie Honored By Astronomers With Lightning Bolt Constellation

Michael Ochs Archives
Michael Ochs Archives

David Bowie has received a mind-blowing tribute from MIRA Public Observatory and Belgian radio station Studio Brussels, who have registered a lightning bolt-shaped constellation recalling the one adorning Bowie's face on the cover of his 1973 LP, Aladdin Sane. Appropriately, the constellation is located "in the vicinity of Mars," Pitchfork reports, via DDB Brussels.

MIRA and Studio Brussels have created the Stardust for Bowie website, where Thin White Duke lovers can add their favorite Bowie songs to a Google Sky rendering of the constellation.

"It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars. Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy," explained MIRA's Philippe Mollet. "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 January 10 at age 69, following a private, 18-month battle with cancer. One of music's true innovators was artful even in death, releasing his final LP, Blackstar, two days before. And according to longtime producer Tony Visconti, he'd even recorded demos of five new songs for a potential follow-up project.