NASA converted a star's corpse to sound and the result is surprisingly lively

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The Tycho Supernova Remnant, imaged by the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

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In 1572, Tycho Brahe observed what appeared to be a bright new star in the constellation Cassiopeia. A Danish astronomer had actually spotted an ex-star. Today, some 450 years later, we can now hear the remnants of a star going out with a bang in a spectacular supernova explosion.


above image of Tycho Supernova Remnant was made using observations from NASA and the Smithsonian’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. As if that wasn’t colorful enough, it’s also the latest subject of a fascinating Pandemic project by Chandra visualization scientist Kimberly Arcand to turn a star corpse into sound originally.

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Over the past year the Sonification Project has built custom sound models Translate many nebulae, galaxies and other cosmic curiosities into aural experiences.

“Each sonification is designed to depict scientific data in a way that makes the most sense for the specific data, presenting it accurately and telling a story, while providing a means of conveying meaning through sound.” Also offers a new way.” Arcand explained In a NASA Q&A.

The latest addition to the collection is the sound of the Tycho supernova remnant. Sonification uses Chandra X-ray data, starting from the center and moving outwards. Lower and higher notes are assigned different colors on the spectrum, with reds translating to low notes and blue or purple notes to high notes.

In addition, the individual stars visible in the background of the image are broken up as separate notes on the harp. The result is a kind of ethereal cacophony that gives way to a soft serenade for a surprisingly relaxed interpretation of what remains of total annihilation.

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