David Bowie, a man whose otherworldly alter-ego Ziggy Stardust helped chart the course of his legacy, now holds a spot in the galaxy after a team of Belgian astronomers registered a constellation in his name. Belgian radio station Studio Brussels asked members of the MIRA Observatory to locate a group of available stars and they delivered an out-of-this-world tribute consisting of seven stars in the shape of a lightening bolt. It is a fitting act of remembrance for the singer, who died at the age of 69 on Jan. 10.
“The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning bolt and was recorded at the exact time of his death,” MIRA’s Philippe Mollet told The Guardian. “Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy and 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.” The new constellation is located close to Mars.
David was immensely inspired by the universe and his intrigue often spilled into his music and career. From songs like “Starman” to “Life on Mars” and "Moonage Daydream," the London native was enamoured with what the sky holds. His music even made it into outer space in 2013 when Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield performed "Space Oddity" on board the International Space Station.
The new constellation is the main feature of Stardust for Bowie, a tribute project that asks fans to dedicate their favourite Bowie song to one of the seven stars.
In addition to David's space-age tribute, fans around the world have remembered the icon through song and dance. More than 500 people gathered at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on Saturday (Jan. 16) for a Bowie sing-a-long and Canadian band Arcade Fire celebrated the singer's life with a spirited parade through the streets of New Orleans.