Earth and Space

Listening to the stars

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A blind astronomer, Dr Wanda Diaz Merced, has developed an approach to turning astronomical data into auditory signals, known as sonificiation. It’s well worth listening to her TED talk is at: ted.com/talks/wanda_diaz_merced_how_a_blind_ astronomer_found_a_way_to_hear_the_stars.

Harvard’s Professor Alicia Soderberg has applied sonification to supernovae data, teaming up with musicians and visually impaired scientists, leading to new insights into the events.

 

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