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Honoring the Starman: Belgian Astronomers Create Lightning Bolt Constellation in Tribute to David Bowie

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Planet Earth was plenty blue after David Bowie’s Jan. 10 death, but a group of Belgian astronomers have decided there’s something they can do about that.

Belgium’s MIRA Public Observatory has registered a group of stars “in the vicinity of Mars” in the shape of Bowie’s iconic lightning bolt makeup – first featured prominently on the cover of Aladdin Sane. It’s probably the most fitting tribute to the space-obsessed musician his fans could ask for.

“Referring to his various albums, we chose seven stars,” MIRA’s Philippe Mollet said in a statement. “Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132 and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis.”

“The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death,” Mollet added.

Google Sky is joining the celebration by allowing fans to create personal tributes – in the form of their favorite song or a short message – within the constellation’s borders here. Each tribute creates a small pinpoint of light within the constellation’s borders and makes it more visible within the larger Google Sky map.