David Bowie saluted with lightning bolt-shaped constellation

Paolo Abad
David Bowie saluted with lightning bolt-shaped constellation
A Belgian radio station and astronomers registered 7 stars forming a lightning bolt in honor of David Bowie, the 'Starman'

MANILA, Philippines – The late David Bowie, the Starman, was always fascinated by the great beyond of outer space. In a fitting tribute, Belgian music station Studio Brussel and MIRA Public Observatory have registered 7 stars in his honor. (READ: Space bids farewell to David Bowie, one of its own)

The stars take the shape of the iconic lightning bolt emblazoned on the face of his memorable Ziggy Stardust persona, featured in his 1973 album Aladdin Sane.

In a quote from advertising agency DDB Brussels’ report, MIRA astronomer Philippe Mollet said finding the right stars was a challenging effort.

Mollet added, “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,” he continued, adding that these stars are “in the vicinity of mars,” referring to Bowie’s memorable 1971 song, “Life on Mars.” (WATCH: 5 David Bowie covers from movie soundtracks, rock bands)

Studio Brussel and MIRA have also put up Stardust for Bowie, a website for fans to leave their own personal tributes by naming a star within the constellation after their favorite song’s title, and writing a note. (READ: Stars mourn David Bowie’s death)

David Bowie passed away at the age of 69 due to cancer last Sunday, January 10 (Monday, January 11 in Manila). His album Blackstar (★) was his swansong, released just 2 days before his death as a “parting gift.” – Rappler.com

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Paolo Abad

Paolo Abad writes, edits, and shoots for a living. He is one of the founding partners of the online radio platform Manila Community Radio.