New Constellation "Starman" Named After David Bowie

January 19, 2016

The staman will indeed live eternally amongst the stars, because a Belgian radio station recently teamed up with a group of astronomers to pay tribute to David Bowie in quite possibly one of the most appropriate ways. They registered a seven-star pattern that closely resembles the lightning bolt pattern painted across Bowie's face on the cover of his Aladdin Sane album. The constellation just coincidentally is also in the same vicinity as the planet Mars.

Studio Brussel contacted the MIRA Public Observatory in Grimbergen, Belgium to help find a star pattern that would immortalize Bowie into the night sky.

"It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars," Philippe Mollet of MIRA said. "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 Octants Trianguili 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."

The observatory also created a website called Stardust for Bowie, where visitors and fans can click on a free space inside a Google Sky representation of the constellation and enter in their favorite Bowie song. A marker will be added inside the constellation to help your post, saying "make it shine."

(source: Ultimate Classic Rock)