NASA Has Turned An Exploding Star Into Music – And The Result Is Amazing

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Having access to space gives astronauts more room to experience nature closely and exclusively. There is a myriad of phenomena and mesmerizing panoramas that are only viewed by people who are in space. They get to see all these objects and celestial bodies closely and live around them. This leads to more creativity in the way they think and gives them ideas to present that beauty to the rest of the world by capturing it in innovative ways.

People know that there is no sound in space because there is no air to carry the wavelengths of sound. However, the new project astronauts have worked on creates music with the help of images captured in space.

The project is a component of the overall bigger project called the “sonification” by the agency’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Universe of Learning program, according to a NASA blog about the topic. The project collects regular charts and pictures taken of objects in space and turns them into sound.

One of the projects shows examples of remnants of the Tycho supernova. The results turned out to be amazing as the sound added to a whole experience. A few scientists have managed to collect acoustic data from the stars but still, there is no music or sound in space. It is all make-believe.

 NASA’s Universe of Learning program has managed to change the captured images to sound. The visual information is transformed into sonic information. The colors of the pictures determine the notes for the music and the brightness determines the amplification of the sounds.

Another example of this application was from Hubble and Chandra data that exhibits a region where stars are forming called Westerlund 2. The Hubble data are represented with strings while the Chandra data is represented by bells. The pitch of the notes is determined by their vertical position on the image.

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