It’s borderline impossible to properly pay respects to a musician as massive (and massively influential) as David Bowie. But this lightning-bolt-shaped constellation made in Bowie’s honor comes mighty close.
Radio station Studio Brussels and the MIRA Public Observatory teamed up and registered a constellation in honor of the late singer. They picked the iconic bolt-shape from Bowie’s Aladdin Sane cover and, fittingly, situated it near Mars.
According to MIRA employee Phillipe Mollet, finding appropriate stars for the Bowie tribute was “not easy.”
“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.”
Bowie fans can leave tributes inside the new constellation at the “Stardust for Bowie” website. Leaving a tribute in the constellation leaves a white dot of light, further illuminating the shape of the lightning bolt. (Needless to say, it’s already pretty well lit).
There may not be life on Mars, but it looks like there’s an afterlife near it for one of rock music’s most-beloved icons.
(Via Consequence of Sound)