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David Bowie Has Had A Constellation Named "Starman" After Him

Astronomers have registered a lightning-bolt-shaped group of stars in a cosmic tribute to the great singer.

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MIRA, a Belgian astronomical observatory, and a radio station have registered the constellation in Bowie's memory.

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The seven stars in the constellation are Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132, and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis.


The stars were chosen because they were in the region of Mars at the moment of Bowie's death, in tribute to Bowie's breakthrough album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

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"It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars," Philippe Mollet from MIRA said in a statement. "Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy. Referring to his various albums, we chose seven stars … 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. "

Fans can add their personal tributes on the Stardust for Bowie website.

You can leave a short message and your favourite Bowie song, and it will appear on the site in the form of a star in the constellation.


The Starman constellation – technically an "asterism" – is unofficial, selected by the MIRA Public Observatory, not registered with the International Astronomical Union. An earlier version of this piece used the term "officially".

Tom Chivers is a science writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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