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NASA turns images of James Webb into beautiful music and uploads them to SoundCloud

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“When I first heard sonification, it hit me in a visceral and emotional way.”

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Baby, wake up. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) SoundCloud just dropped.

If you’re thinking, “eh, I didn’t know telescopes could make music,” we get it. It’s a two-part effort – the JWST provides the incredible deep space imagery, then a team of scientists and musicians, along with members of the blind and visually impaired community, collaborate to adapt the photos into soundscapes. extraordinary.

“Music taps into our emotional centers,” Matt Russo, a musician and professor of physics at the University of Toronto, said in a NASA press release. “Our goal is to make Webb’s images and data understandable through sound, helping listeners create their own mental images.”

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According to NASA, sonifications were conceptualized as a way to ensure that the visual wonders of astronomy were accessible to everyone. The James Webb has quickly become one of the coolest things mankind has done so far, and the images it has generated have captured the imagination from afar. By turning his photos into audio clips, it is thought, more people than ever will be able to experience it.

“In the same way that written descriptions are unique translations of visual images,” said Quyen Hart, a scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, “sonifications also translate visual images by encoding information, such as the color, brightness, location of stars, or signatures of water absorption, such as sounds.”

So far, NASA has created audio for a few different JWST images, including the cosmic cliffs of the Carina Nebula (an atmospheric, immersive melody, inspired by wispy clouds of gas and dust) and the South Ring Nebula (a haunting, void-like theme nebula inspired by body infrared light).

It goes without saying that it is a beautiful project. The cosmos belongs to everyone – and ensuring access for all is long overdue.

“When I first heard sonification, it hit me in a visceral and emotional way,” said Christine Malec, a member of the blind and visually impaired community that supports the project, “that I imagine what sighted people feel when they look at the night sky.”

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