The Milky Way becomes a cosmic symphony LISTEN – Science and Art

The Milky Way and the large black hole that occupies its center are transformed into a symphony, thanks to the NASA project has translated the data collected by space telescopes into music. The project, which proposes an alternative way of observing the universe, is the brainchild of researchers at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Center.

The starry sky has always been one of the greatest sources of inspiration for art and the new project, developed by NASA researchers in collaboration with a musician, allows us to listen to astronomical data through our ears rather than see them with the most common images.

The researchers used some of the data collected by the Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes from the center of our galaxy, a region that extends about 400 light-years and at the center of which is a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*.

Working with composer Sophie Kastner, the researchers developed new versions of the data acquired by the three telescopes, in X-ray, visible and infrared light, respectively. The composer then translated them into notes.

The result is a cosmic symphony entitled ‘Where Parallel Lines Converge’, the scores of which have been published for the musicians to be further elaborated. The goal of the project is to involve other musicians to transform many other astronomical data into music.

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