The loss of iconic musical legend David Bowie rocked the foundation of many last week. Some took to social media, sharing the star’s quotes and lyrics which touched their lives so deeply, but a Belgian radio station paid homage in an astronomical way – literally. Studio Brussel and the MIRA public observatory traced the stars to create a constellation outlining Bowie’s famous lightning bolt makeup worn on the cover of his Aladdin Sane album.
Philippe Mollet from the MIRA observatory explained, “It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars,” but the team ended up finding the perfect alignment for the dedication. “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,” he said.
The station’s website has a page, Stardust for Bowie, which allows fans to select stars within the constellation, choose their favorite Bowie song, and write a dedication which can then be shared on Facebook and Twitter. On the next clear night, perhaps we can spot the stars that pay tribute to one of the most influential musicians and minds of our time.
Via Huh Magazine
Images via Stardust for Bowie, Shutterstock