There’s no getting around it, 2016 has been a shit year. Brexit, Donald Trump as President and an endless run of major celebrity deaths have left us reeling, but nothing has hit quite as hard as the passing of David Bowie.
The music icon died from cancer just days after releasing his final album Blackstar, leaving his loyal fans with one incredible parting gift.
Bowie wove his own illness into Blackstar, singing lyrics about death and mortality. The record’s now iconic cover from Jonathan Barnbrook even boasted a special Easter egg for Bowie aficionados – expose it to sunlight and a galaxy of stars appears.
“There’s one big thing which people haven’t discovered yet on the album. Let’s just say, if people find it, they find it, and if they don’t, they don’t. And remember what Bowie said about not explaining everything,” he said.
“There are a lot of other things going on that aren’t at the surface. I do hope people see them. Not necessarily straight away.”
You may have heard what happens if you expose it to sunlight. Well, it turns out that if you put the Blackstar LP under a blacklight…. pic.twitter.com/WvDg7xkF8t
— Matt (@RobboRobson21) November 13, 2016
One Twitter user may have unearthed the secret, though. @robborobson21 decided to shine a blacklight on Blackstar’s cover, and it resulted in the artwork illuminating in fluorescent blue.
Could this be exactly what Barnbrook was hinting at? There’s no official word yet but this is another cool treat for Bowie fans… although only those who own a blacklight.