Over the weekend, the graphic designer behind David Bowie’s Blackstar album cover revealed that there are easter eggs embedded in the art that most fans haven’t found yet. Designer Jonathan Barnbrook, who has helmed the art for every Bowie album since 2002’s Heathen, was speaking in an interview with BBC Radio 6, in response to the revelation that the Blackstar gatefold displays an image of stars in the sky when it is exposed to sunlight.
“There’s actually a few other things as well,” Barnbrook said in the interview. “Actually, there’s one big thing which people haven’t discovered yet on the album.”
Naturally Bowie fans set out to find the remaining Blackstar secrets. We heard from a few of them, and found some other easter eggs elsewhere on the internet. We’ve compiled everything we’ve learned about the album art below.
The “one big thing” that Barnbrook was referring to might be a reflection that the LP itself casts when it is exposed to light. “Reflecting light off one side of the vinyl at certain angle creates what looks like a star,” SPIN reader Robert Matthews wrote, while reader Maynard Kolskog wrote that “when you reflect light off of side one you get a bird in flight. Side two, a space ship.” Matthews provided a photo of the star reflection—perhaps the same image that Kolskog saw as a bird—for reference.