The “Starman” has returned to space where he is immortally “waiting in the sky.”
Following the rock legend’s death on January 10th, 2016 at age 69, David Bowie, the “Man Who Fell To Earth” has been honored with his own constellation in the sky.
The tribute was registered by Belgian astronomers who identified the seven stars that are in someway related to Bowie’s albums. When connected they take the formation of the image of the iconic lightning bolt seen adorning Bowie’s face on his 1973 Aladdin Sane album cover.
Aladdin Sane was the follow up album to Bowie’s 1972 albums, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Bowie’s final album, released just two days before his death, was named Blackstar and is currently sitting at number one on the U.S. music charts—it is his first ever number one album in the U.S.
The influence of space is apparent in much of Bowie’s work including his universe inspired songs Space Oddity, Starman, Life on Mars? and Hallo Spaceboy, along with Bowie creatively naming one of his most well-known alter-egos Ziggy Stardust. his film role as The Man Who Fell To Earth.
Philippe Mollet of MIRA Public Observatory explained in a statement:
“It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars. 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 constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death.”
In conjunction with the astronomical tribute, a Google Sky interactive initiative called Stardust for Bowie has been set up to allow fans to add personal stardust tributes within the borders of the constellation. Click here to create a star and add to the glow of the constellation.
The Google Sky galaxy will show another star lighting up the virtual sky for each new tribute that is left. Fans can click on the constellation to name their favorite Bowie song along with leaving a short message to remember him by.
The more dedications that are made, the brighter the Bowie tribute will shine in the Google Sky galaxy, making it very easy to spot the constellation.
David Bowie’s official Facebook page wrote a note saying that the amount of tributes already left for Bowie was in excess of 86 million, according to Google search results.
16-year old photographer, Cheah Nan Zhing, thought he may have captured David Bowie’s face in the milky way back in 2012 while on a school trip. At the time Zhing, from Maylasia, spoke of his image explaining he believed Bowie would “like to come and meet us, but he thinks he’ll blow our minds.”
Bowie, who inspired millions of people worldwide with his music art has now been reunited with the stars so that he will eternally shine on in the sky. Whenever we want to remember him all we need to do is play one of his tracks and gaze up at the wonder of the night sky to view him resting in his unique and fitting place in the galaxy.
Author: Alex Myles
Editor: Travis May