A History of the Universe in Sound, Presented at TED Talks

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.

A history of the universe in sound.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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