Discover How We Can Turn Data Collected from Space into Sound and Body Movement!

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February 2021

Discover How We Can Turn Data Collected from Space into Sound and Body Movement!

Sonification is the process that translates data into sound, and a new project brings the center of the Milky Way to listeners for the first time. The translation begins on the left side of the image and moves to the right, with the sounds representing the position and brightness of the sources. The light of objects located towards the top of the image are heard as higher pitches while the intensity of the light controls the volume. Stars and compact sources are converted to individual notes while extended clouds of gas and dust produce an evolving drone. The crescendo happens when we reach the bright region to the lower right of the image.

Milky Way/Galactic Center Sonification