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    Bowie Finds New Home in the Cosmos: Rock Legend Given Own Constellation

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    Belgian astronomers have reportedly paid tribute to David Bowie by dedicating a constellation to the British rock legend who died last week after a protracted battle with cancer.

    The late UK rock icon David Bowie has been given his own constellation, which consists of seven stars that shine in the shape of the famous lightning bolt seen on the cover of Bowie's Aladdin Sane album, media reports said.

    The dedication of the celestial bodies in the vicinity of Mars was organized by Belgium's MIRA Public Observatory and the Belgian radio station Studio Brussels.

    Philippe Mollet of MIRA Public Observatory said that dealing with the star selection process was a tricky task and that the seven stars include Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132, and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis.

    A constellation of stars registered in tribute to the musician David Bowie
    A constellation of stars registered in tribute to the musician David Bowie

    "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… 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," Mollet said.

    Bowie often used celestial themes as the inspiration for his creative activity. He rose to fame with the single Space Oddity and he later created the persona Ziggy Stardust, an extra-terrestrial rock star. His hits also included Starman and Life on Mars.

    In 1973, he appeared on the cover of the Aladdin Sane album with a red and blue lightning bolt painted on one side of his face.

    The seven-star constellation is just one part of an astronomical tribute to Bowie, who passed away on January 10. Earlier, the   Stardust for Bowie project was launched to allow fans to use Google Sky to create personal tributes within the constellation's borders by naming a favorite Bowie song or leaving a short note in honor of the British rocker.

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