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Using NASA spacecraft data, scientists turn interstellar space into music

By Kasha Patel

10 Mar 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Turning data into sound — known as "data sonification" — can help scientists identify patterns in complex data. It can also create beautiful music. The Post reports.

If you want to know what interstellar space is like, it can be a mosh pit. Energetic shocks from our sun and countless other stars blend together, creating a soup of particles and radiation. You can listen to the galactic party - as music.

Since NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft became the first humanmade object to cross into interstellar space, researchers have poked and prodded at decades of its data beamed back to Earth from billions of miles away, gaining insight into the mysteries of our universe. Now, a particle physicist and professional flutist have transformed the waveform data of interstellar space - that dense soup of particles - into music fit more for a classical concert.

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