Scientists Give David Bowie His Own Constellation

Scientists have registered a constellation of seven stars in the shape of a lightning bolt.

After the passing of David Bowie last week (Jan. 10), Belgian radio station, Studio Brussels, and the MIRA public conservatory teamed up to register a constellation in honour of him. The constellation consists of seven stars appropriately sitting in the vicinity of Mars in the shape of a lightning bolt.


Bowie’s sixth studio album titled, Aladdin Sane, features the ‘Starman’ with a red and blue lightning bolt painted on his face. Bowie used space imagery and references as inspiration for much of his musical career and is often referred to as Ziggy Stardust, his alter ego.


The MIRA Observatory wanted to choose just the right set of stars to honour Bowie. Phillippe Mollet from the observatory said,

“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 Stardust for Bowie project allows fans to virtually engage with the constellation via Google Sky by adding their favourite songs with a note honouring him in the stardust.