A celestial start to the weekend.

8 Mar

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Mock-up of a proposed installation in which live chanting triggers the sounds of the stars. The orange squares are meditation cushions arranged in the shape of the Kepler telescope’s detectors, and the projection is of the star field from which the data originate – near the constellations of Cygnus (the swan) and Lyra (the harp). Image: Lucianne Walkowicz

Mock-up of a proposed installation in which live chanting triggers the sounds of the stars. The orange squares are meditation cushions arranged in the shape of the Kepler telescope’s detectors, and the projection is of the star field from which the data originate – near the constellations of Cygnus (the swan) and Lyra (the harp). Image: Lucianne Walkowicz

Ever wondered what the music of the cosmos sounds like? You’re about to find out. Astrophysicist and TED Senior Fellow Lucianne Walkowicz works on the Kepler mission, looking at a patch of our galaxy to learn about stars and their planets. During an interview at TED2013, she mentioned that she is also an artist and has begun composing music woven from star data, after feeling inspired by the work of Fellows like data artist Julie Freeman. Here, she tells us how this is done:

“One of the things I like about science is that…

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