Lightning-bolt shaped constellation named after David Bowie by Belgian astronomers

Seven stars registered by the MIRA Public Observatory in Brussels

David Bowie has been honoured with a lightning-shaped constellation by Belgian astronomers.

As Pitchfork reports, the MIRA Public Observatory in Brussels have registered seven stars in a lightning-bolt formation. MIRA and radio station Studio Brussels have also created the Stardust For Bowie website for the constellation, with fans able to add their favourite Bowie song to a Google Sky image of the stars.

Speaking about the constellation, which is said to be “in the vicinity of Mars”, Philippe Mollet from MIRA says: “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.”


As reported, producer Tony Visconti has revealed Bowie was planning to record and release another album after ‘Blackstar’. It was previously suggested in a separate report that there is material leftover from the ‘Blackstar’ sessions which could see a future release.

David Bowie has been cremated in New York according to reports. It is believed he was privately cremated without any friends and family present, as per his wishes. He wanted “to go without any fuss”, a source told two UK newspapers.

He passed away on Sunday (January 10) following an 18 month battle with cancer. Reports have since suggested that he “died from liver cancer” after “surviving six heart attacks”.

See more tributes to David Bowie here.