Starman David Bowie Gets His Own Constellation

Starman David Bowie Gets His Own Constellation
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Jan 19, 2016

Belgian radio station Studio Brussel and American observatory MIRA have partnered to register an entire constellation in memory of the musician who died from liver cancer on January 10, 2016.

Bowie fans can write Bowie memories and lyrics onto a Google Sky digitization of the constellation, which is in the shape of the lightning bolt made iconic by the Aladdin Sane album cover.

By simply clicking within the constellation borders fans can contribute their favourite Bowie song or moment to acknowledge the Bowie legacy.

David Bowie Own Constellation

Together, each of those tributes combines to brighten the interior of the constellation, making it easy to pinpoint in the Google Sky galaxy.

“It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars,” says MIRA Observatory employee Philippe Mollet.

“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.”

David Bowie Gets His Own Constellation

The constellation joins a growing list of Bowie tributes, including a message of love from astronaut Chris Hadfield sent from space.

Bowie’s son Duncan Jones was also inspired to share a letter from a Welsh palliative care doctor who was glowing in his praise for the musician’s last album Blackstar.

David Bowie last photos

Doctor Mark Taubert says Bowie is an inspiration to millions battling life-ending illnesses.

“Many people I talk to as part of my job think that death predominantly happens in hospitals, in very clinical settings, but I presume you chose home and planned this in some detail,” he writes.

“This is one of our aims in palliative care, and your ability to achieve this may mean that others will see it as an option they would like fulfilled.”

Meanwhile, a writer on The Simpsons has unknowingly created a tribute to Bowie and actor Alan Rickman, the two British icons who died with in four days of each other.

The 2013 Valentine’s Day-themed episode below features Alan as his Harry Potter character Severus Snape and the Bowie-penned song, All The Young Dudes.


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