NASA turned the first James Webb images into sounds — Radio Concierto Chile

The POT translated the first telescope images james webb in sound, under the process already known in the agency as “sonification”.

The NASA images are translated from the raw data, take the infrared wavelengths and assign them a hue.

Spatial images that can be heard

Soundscapes, including image translations of the Carina Nebula and the South Ring Nebula, they use sonification to convert images and data into audio experiences.

“Music taps into our emotional centers,” said musician Matt Russo, a professor of physics at the University of Toronto who worked on the project. “Our goal is to make Webb’s images and data understandable through sound, helping listeners create their own mental images.”

The “Cosmic Cliffs” of the Carina Nebula, an impressive celestial object filled with stars, gas, and dust, becomes a sparkling, symphonic map. Gas and dust have drone-like hues. The orange and red bottom of the image is melodic.

On the side of the South Ring Nebulathe sound is more gloomy.

This is how an exoplanet sounds

Data from the James Webb Telescope on the atmosphere of the gas giant exoplanet WASP-96 b was also turned into a soundscape.

The sonifications bring a new dimension to the discoveries of James Webb. And they make telescope work more accessible to blind and low vision space enthusiasts.

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