#NASA project recreates supernova noise with ‘new cosmic triad of sound’

NASA has created a novel new way to appreciate supernova sounds with the space agency's latest project.

PUBLISHED: 14:49, Tue, Jan 5, 2021 | UPDATED: 14:51, Tue, Jan 5, 2021

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Space is famously a theatre lacking any discernible sound due to a distinct absence of atmosphere. However, an innovate NASA "data sonification" project has revealed the incredibly loud noises emitted by celestial objects mediated via terrestrial musical instruments.

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NASA wrote on a blog post: “A new trio of examples of ‘data sonification’ from NASA missions provides a new method to enjoy an arrangement of cosmic objects.

Data sonification translates information collected by various NASA missions - such as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope - into sounds

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“Data sonification translates information collected by various NASA missions - such as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope - into sounds.”

NASA Chandra researchers led the new project to transform three iconic archive space images into varying frequencies of light into an evolving soundscape.

The crab nebula, a supernova remnant home to a neutron star, is depicted in a new light in NASA's data sonification video, which reimagines it as a full orchestra.

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NASA data sonification: A 'new cosmic triad of sound' has been createdNASA data sonification: A 'new cosmic triad of sound' has been created (Image: NASA)

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X-ray light, showing as white and blue, is assigned to the brass section, while the pink-hued infrared is allocated to the woodwind instruments.

And optical light, in deep purple, comes courtesy of stringed instruments.

Each instrument family's pitch rises up the screen, creating alien-like effects as they reach a crescendo of sound approaching the nebula’s centre.

Here, a violently-spinning pulsar spews gas and radiation in every direction.

NASA has provided a new method to enjoy an arrangement of cosmic objectsNASA has provided a new method to enjoy an arrangement of cosmic objects (Image: NASA)

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