David Bowie has been given his own constellation, consisting of seven stars that shine in the shape of the lightning bolt. Belgian astronomers announced the registration of the constellation, which appropriately sits in the vicinity of Mars, following the artist’s death last week.

It is a fitting homage to Bowie, who used the universe as a key inspiration throughout his career. Bowie first found success with the single Space Oddity and later crafted the persona Ziggy Stardust, an extra-terrestrial rockstar. His hits also included Starman and Life on Mars. He appeared on the cover of the 1973 album Aladdin Sane with a red and blue lightning bolt painted on one side of his face. Belgian radio station Studio Brussel and the MIRA public observatory teamed up to register the constellation, but finding the right place for the legendary rock star in the heavens was a complicated task.

Philippe Mollet from the MIRA Observatory said in a statement: “it was not easy to determine the appropriate stars”. “Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy,” he said. “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.”

The creation of the constellation is part of the Stardust for Bowie tribute project, where fans can use Google Sky to add their favorite Bowie songs with a short note to a virtual version of the constellation. (via The Guardian)


Sky has commissioned a second series of crime thriller Fortitude. Writer Simon Donald and executive producers Patrick Spence and Frith Tiplady, will return for a new 10-part series on Sky Atlantic. The current series, which airs its 11th and final episode on Thursday night, stars Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine. None of the cast for the second series have been announced ahead of the final episode, but Sky head of drama Anne Mensah, who is also an executive producer on the show, said she expects those who make it to the end of the series alive to return. “Simon is head down writing and we won’t shoot for a while,” she said. “We love the cast, particularly the ones that survive.”

Fortitude cost Sky £25m and is produced by Tiger Aspect and Fifty Fathoms. The series premiere was watched by 2.7 million within seven days of airing and averaged out at 1.7 million per episode. Sky said half of Fortitude’s viewers were watching Sky Atlantic for the first time. Sky Atlantic channel director Zia Bennett said: “Simon Donald created a unique and unsettling story which, week after week, has captivated our customers. I am absolutely delighted that we will be bringing Fortitude back next year with a story that promises to engage, challenge and enthral us all over again.” Fortitude premiered simultaneously across the five markets in which Sky operates: Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK and Ireland. Sky said Fortitude was also the most successful show for its Sky Vision distribution arm, selling to more than 100 broadcasters including ABC Australia, Superchannel in Canada and Canal+ in France. Mensah said the success of the big-budget shows around the world with other broadcasters helped justify the outlay. “By making things that are really quality, and feel original in the marketplace, it means there’s a reinvestment back into Sky,” she said. In 2011, Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch said he wanted Sky to spend £600m on original British content by 2014, a target the company has met. (via The Guardian)


Mac Conner arrived in New York in 1950 and built a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry with his crisp, hand-painted illustrations. A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York shows the classics he created for Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and more. (via The Guardian)

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