NASA never ceases to amaze and of course, they’ve done it again. In the past music has been made from interesting things but this takes the cake.
While this is not necessarily new and was done back in May of 2019, it is worth mentioning as the video of the sound made from it is making rounds online again. Basically, NASA sonified space itself. Taking a visualization of a ‘cluster of galaxies’ that was taken by Hubble Space Telescope, they were able to allow things to flow in a way that frequencies went all over the place in a good way.
NASA wrote as follows about this on their YouTube channel:
Space becomes “sonified” in this visualization of a cluster of galaxies imaged by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Time flows left to right, and the frequency of sound changes from bottom to top, ranging from 30 to 1,000 hertz. Objects near the bottom of the image produce lower notes, while those near the top produce higher ones. Most of the visible specks are galaxies housing countless stars. A few individual stars shine brightly in the foreground. Stars and compact galaxies create short, clear tones, while sprawling spiral galaxies emit longer notes that change pitch. The higher density of galaxies near the center of the image — the heart of this galaxy cluster, known as RXC J0142.9+4438 — results in a swell of mid-range tones halfway through the video. Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3 acquired this image on Aug. 13, 2018.
As you will hear below the sounds made from this image of parts of space itself is quite eerie. While you’d expect it to sound something like this, the frequencies are quite fascinating for a number of reasons. As pitch changes, more and more comes to mind, doesn’t it?
MSN wrote as follows about this interesting ordeal:
Luckily, that didn’t stop NASA from figuring out a way to produce sound in the soundlessness of space back in 2019 – by ‘sonifying’ the above image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Yep, move over music, podcasts, or audio-books – the new thing to listen to is Hubble images.
The image NASA used for this project was taken by the Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide-Field Camera 3 back in August 2018.
The guys working with Hubble call the image a ‘galactic treasure chest’ because of the number of galaxies splattered across it.
“Each visible speck of a galaxy is home to countless stars,” NASA explained about the image.
“A few stars closer to home shine brightly in the foreground, while a massive galaxy cluster nestles at the very centre of the image; an immense collection of maybe thousands of galaxies, all held together by the relentless force of gravity.”
But as beautiful as this image already is, it just reached a new level, once transformed into a stunningly eerie musical composition.
To hear this interesting sound for yourself check out the video below. What do you think of it? Is it what you were expecting?