What does space sound like? While the average person is likely to imagine our solar system’s planets and stars resting in silence, as artist-technologist Honor Harger demonstrated at the TED talks conference earlier this year, the astronomical objects that surround us actually omit unique (and bizarre) sounds. In the video below, Harger discusses radio astronomy, the study of space radio waves through sensitive antennas and receivers.
“In her work, she tracks the radio waves emitted by ancient celestial objects and turns them into sound, including ‘the oldest song you will ever hear,’ the sound of cosmic rays left over from the Big Bang,” says Ted.com.
“It’s through listening that we’ve come to uncover some of the universe’s most important secrets,” says Harger.
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