Chandra Observatory creates music from the centre of the Milky Way

The Chandra Observatory (NASA) opens new horizons for space exploration. It introduces us to the incredible world of music that sounds from the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. 

Milky Way. Photo: Unspalsh

Chandra is a unique telescope designed to observe X-rays from extremely hot spots in our Universe. These include, for example, explosions of stars and areas around black holes. Thanks to this telescope, scientists could turn digital data into musical notes, from which a melody then emerged, which became the basis of a project called Universe of Sound.

Initially, this project originated as an initiative to convert data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and other space telescopes into audio accompaniment, intended primarily for people with vision problems or blindness. The essence of voicing is that with the help of mathematical models, sound correspondences are assigned to the digital pixel values in the resulting photographs. 

At a new stage of development, the talented composer Sofia Kastner joined the project. The result of the collaboration of musicians and scientists was a new version of the audio data, transformed into a musical composition, Where Parallel Lines Meet, which was performed and recorded by the Éclat ensemble in Montreal this summer.

The music was created based on a composite image of the centre of our Milky Way galaxy. The work is based on data obtained by NASA space telescopes such as Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer. As a result of painstaking work, a unique musical landscape has emerged, opening up to listeners extraordinary images of the galactic centre, which we can now perceive not only visually, but also through hearing.

Therefore, without further ado, allow yourself to plunge into the music of deep space and discover the incredible picture of the Milky Way through the magic of sound.

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