Constellation Named for David Bowie

A star on Earth, now a bunch of stars in the heavens
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2016 7:21 AM CST
Constellation Named for David Bowie
Tributes lie placed around a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London, on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

We may not be able to get a higher power to bring David Bowie back to Earth, but at least we can now see him whenever we look skyward. Ziggy Stardust will be forever memorialized in the cosmos thanks to a group of Belgian astronomers and a Belgian radio station, who registered a constellation near Mars in Bowie's name, the Guardian reports. "It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars," a rep from the MIRA Public Observatory said in a statement, but scientists finally settled on seven stars arranged in the shape of a lightning bolt—just like the one Bowie wore on his face on the cover of his 1973 Aladdin Sane album.

The star conglomerate—which the rep said "was recorded at the exact time of his death"—is just the latest homage to the rock star. Bowie's Facebook page notes "an incredible amount of tributes to David Bowie" have already amassed and that "a Google search of 'David Bowie tribute' returned around 86 million results." Fans can go to the Stardust for Bowie tribute site to "add" their favorite Bowie song to the constellation. (Here, an inadvertent Simpsons tribute to Bowie and Alan Rickman.)

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