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Bowie constellation

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nomad, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Seems a new constellation has been named after David Bowie by Belgian astronomers.


    The sever-star constellation is, fittingly, near to Mars and was recorded at the precise time of Bowie’s death.

    "It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars," said Philippe Mollet from MIRA Public Observatory in Belgium.

    "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.
  2. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I saw this the other day. Thing is, it might be close to Mars now, but that's just a quirk of timing. Nice idea though.
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  3. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    ooh, nomad, just noticed your caption is Star Commenter! V appropriate :)
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  4. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Yes, at the moment of death Bowie returned to his home in the heavens, just like the Pharaohs of Egypt....He was okay and all that but seriously, can we stop pretending-in-public that life has lost all meaning whenever some famous person we never met snuffs it?
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  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    You say that Art but when the Chuckle brother go you'll be regretting it.
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    And a more serious response... it'll be very interesting to see the national response when the Queen dies. Will it eclipse Diana?
  7. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    I had to have an adrenalin needle slammed straight into my heart when we lost our Cilla...
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  8. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    The Chuckle Brothers are dead!? :eek:

    - oh, ok, I see, sorry, please don't do that again.
  9. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter

    I agree. It's a fitting tribute.
  10. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter

    Doubt it. The Diana uber-mourning was of its time and it seems many were caught up in a sort of hysteria.
  11. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter

    Snuffs it. Horrible expression.
  12. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I wonder whether at the age of 69, Bowie regretted that he would mostly be remembered by the image of him with that flash on his face. Thank goodness he wasn't stupid enough to go the whole hog and have it tattooed.
  13. NoseyMatronType

    NoseyMatronType Star commenter

    You may be right.


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  14. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Pegs it. Croaks. Buys the farm. Bites the big one. Goes belly up. Goes under. Goes West. Goes down the tubes. Kicks the bucket. Pushes up the daisies. Brown bread. Worm food. Trip to Boot Hill. Passed away. Passed over. Called home. Joined the choir invisible...take your pick.
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  15. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    On a vaguely related note, I've been watching the German drama Deutschland 83 on C4 and wondered why I'd never heard it's rather catchy 1980s synth pop theme tune before. Turns out it never made it into the English charts despite hitting number 1 in Europe and the USA. The Bowie link is in its title - Major Tom (Coming Home) by Peter Schilling:

  16. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    derrrr.... those stars already belong to constellations, so this story is pants.
  17. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter

    Wow. Good work.
  18. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Assumed room temperature, gone beyond the veil, breathed his last, counting worms, cashed in his chips, gone over the big ridge, in Abraham's bosom, joined the large majority, popped his clogs, riding a pale horse, taking a dirt nap, taken his last bow, turned up his toes, wearing a pine overcoat.
    lanokia likes this.
  19. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    This parrot is dead.

    Edit: Sorry, someone had to.
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  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    They should have picked something close to Aries. I think it is balderdash.
    The zero for Right Ascension is now in Pisces.

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