Space is not only a vast expanse of stars and planets, but also a world of sounds that until now have remained inaccessible to the human ear. The U.S. space agency NASA recently presented a unique “music video” in which sounds recorded in five distant galaxies are transformed into an incredible symphony. This discovery allows us to hear and perceive the universe in a new way.
The study, is based on data obtained with advanced equipment and various space telescopes. Scientists from NASA collaborated with an imaging team that uses programs used in Hollywood to create special effects in movies. This collaboration created a 30-second video that allows the viewer to enter the Stefan Quintet, a group of five galaxies in the constellation Pegasus. This group consists of four gravitationally connected galaxies and one that is projected onto this group.
Each of the five galaxies makes a unique sound. The strong whistling is combined with the warm and soft tones of the instrument, reminiscent of a glass marimba. The high notes of the “string” instrument add a special depth to the music. You can also hear the sound of wind, which is ionized matter ejected from a white dwarf and colliding with the surrounding stellar material. The Messier Galaxy 104, located in the Virgo cluster, is striking in its whistling, which can be either shrill or softer depending on the brightness of the sources.
This discovery has not only aesthetic value, but also scientific significance. Converting data from space telescopes into sounds allows scientists to explore the universe from a new perspective and discover previously unnoticed aspects. In addition, the sounding of such data makes the beauty of the universe accessible to everyone, including visually impaired space explorers.
Professor of astronomy John Smith of Harvard University notes: “This discovery is a real breakthrough in our understanding of the universe. The sounds we have heard help us see and feel things that were previously beyond our perception. It opens up new possibilities for the exploration of the cosmos and expands our understanding of its beauty and harmony.
The creation of “space music” is just the first step in a new direction of research. Scientists hope that further discoveries will help them uncover even more secrets of the Universe and reveal new facets of its sound landscape.