Search form

Media

These news clips on global space news are provided by the Coalition for Space Exploration for distribution by the Space Foundation to our constituents. You can also subscribe to receive a daily email version.

Listen: Soundtrack of the Sun

Credit: NASA/SOHO Project

Hear, Hear: What’s a Solar Storm Sound Like?

A “sonification” of measurements taken during a solar storm is data taken from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury, as well as from NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), which is about 1 million miles from the Earth.

To “sonify” the data, Robert Alexander, a University of Michigan design science doctoral student, began by writing 90 hours worth of raw information to an audio waveform.

Sonification is the process of translating information into sound. For example, it is like that in Geiger counter radiation detectors that emit clicks in the presence of high-energy particles.

With this technique, Alexander hopes to build a bridge between science and art.

“For a while, movies were silent and people just accepted that that’s the way it is,” he said. “There’s all this high-rez footage of what’s happening on the surface of the Sun, and it’s silent. I’m creating a soundtrack,” he noted in a just-issued press release.

What does a solar storm sound like?

Take a listen in this video at:

http://youtu.be/S-saaAyaW0c

By Leonard David

<
Live Sun Image
 
X

Share This Page

Share this page with friends and bookmark for future reference.

Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Tweet This LinkedIn Share on LinkedIn

Additional networks and bookmarking websites:

X

Give Us Feedback

We want to hear from you! Feel free to send us your comments about this page. General feedback for the Space Foundation is also welcome.