David Bowie Gets His Own 'Starman' Constellation

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David Bowie photographed in 1978.

The constellation is constructed by seven stars in the direction of Mars

David Bowie has gotten his own constellation, honored to him by Belgian radio station Studio Brussel and MIRA Public Observatory. 

The constellation is constructed by seven stars fittingly in the direction of Mars shaped like the lightning bolt that cover's Bowie's face on his iconic Aladdin Sane album art from 1973, DDB Brussels reports.

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Bowie died Sunday following a private 18-month bout with cancer. 

As well, Studio Brussels and MIRA have created an interactive website called Stardust for Bowie where fans can add their favorite Bowie songs with a short note to a Google Sky mapping of the constellation. 

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"It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars," Philippe Mollet from MIRA told DDB Brussels. "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."

Meanwhile, one man in the United Kingdom has launched a petition to rename Mars after Bowie. So far he has gained nearly 5,000 supporters. 

And in another petition that's gaining greater traction, more than 25,000 people have signed on to support a campaign to put Bowie on the upcoming £20 British banknote, replacing Scottish economist and philosopher Adam Smith, who has been on the bill since 2010.