With one of his best loved songs being titled “Starman”, it’s fitting that David Bowie, who died of cancer last week aged 69, has been given his own constellation in tribute.
The constellation features seven stars that shine in the shape of a lightning bolt, in homage to Bowie and notably, his 1973 album cover Aladdin Sane on which he appears with a red and blue lightning bolt painted on one side of his face.
Belgian astronomers at the MIRA public observatory, who teamed up with radio station Studio Brussel, have officially registered the constellation, which sits in the vicinity of Mars and said in a statement:
“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.”