Saturday, January 16, 2016

David Bowie Receives Honor of New Constellation

With the untimely passing of music innovator David Bowie earlier this week, many tributes from fans all over the world have come pouring in almost non-stop. However, this next one kind of takes the cake. Bowie has now been honored by having a new constellation dedicated to his memory.

Belgian radio station Studio Brussels and MIRA Public Observatory registered a seven star lightning bolt shaped constellation near Mars. The lightning bolt for those of you who don't know holds significance to David Bowie because during his time using his famed Ziggy Stardust persona he had a one painted across his face.

Philippe Mollet from MIRA went into detail on the inspiration for the new constellation, saying:

"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."

MIRA have also done a rather cool thing by having created a website called Stardust for Bowie where fans can add their favorite David Bowie songs to a representation of the constellation.

I guess now with the new constellation there really is a Starman waiting in the sky. Definitely a touching tribute; probably my favorite of all of the ones I've seen and heard so far. It's wonderful that a man who gave so much to the world in only a 40 year career has been shown so much love during this difficult time. If anyone deserves it, it is definitely David Bowie.

That said, this wraps up David Bowie Week on Young Ears, Fresh Perspective. In my own little way this was my way of paying tribute to an astounding musician. I hope you have enjoyed celebrating his life as much as I have.

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