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David Bowie has been given his own star constellation

Belgian astronomers have honoured the icon with a lightning-shaped selection of stars

In a fitting and emotional new tribute, David Bowie has been given his very own lightning-shaped star constellation.

The icon – who shook the world with his death last week – was given the honour by Belgian astronomers, who chose a selection of stars located conveniently close to Mars.

“Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy,” revealed the MIRA Observatory’s Philippe Mollet in a statement. “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.”

It’s a perfect homage to Bowie, who referenced the universe almost constantly throughout his career: from his extra-terrestrial alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, to his role as the displaced alien in The Man Who Fell To Earth. The tribute’s location also references one of his most famous tracks, “Life On Mars”, with the lightning bolt shape pulled directly from the cover of his 1973 album Aladdin Sane.

“It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars,” added Mollet. “The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death.”

The honour was created as part of the Stardust for Bowie project – which allows fans to add their favourite Bowie tracks and tributes to a virtual version of the constellation. You can add your very own by visiting the site here.