Amazing photos from James Webb Space Telescope can be heard, NASA says; Just listen to the sci-fi-esque soundscape | Tech News

Amazing photos from James Webb Space Telescope can be heard, NASA says; Just listen to the sci-fi-esque soundscape

NASA has informed about a new immersive way to explore some of the first full-color infrared images and data from the James Webb Space Telescope through sound. Check details.

| Updated on: Sep 05 2022, 13:06 IST
NASA: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter makes astonishing discovery
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1/6 The lunar pits found by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have mild temperatures, drastically different from the extreme conditions on the surface of the Moon. The temperatures in these caves are nearly 17 degree Celsius almost at all times. (NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University)
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2/6 NASA Moon recently tweeted, "Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images of pits indicate that the Moon has caves. Could they become astronaut habitats? Scientists have discovered that parts of the pits are always about 63°F (17°C), differing from extreme temperatures at the Moon's surface". (NASA)
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3/6 The surface temperatures on the Moon can go from an extremely high 127 degrees Celsius and as low as -173 degrees Celsius. "The pits, and caves to which they may lead, would make thermally stable sites for lunar exploration compared to areas at the Moon's surface, which heat up to 260 F (about 127 C) during the day and cool to minus 280 F (about minus 173 C) at night,” NASA Moon tweeted further. (NASA)
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4/6 First discovered in 2009, these lunar pits could potentially be used as location for a first Moon Base. Not only are the temperatures moderate, but these pits could also provide protection against cosmic rays, solar radiation and micrometeorites, according to NASA. (AP)
James Webb Space Telescope
5/6 LRO Project Scientist Noah Petro of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said, “Lunar pits are a fascinating feature on the lunar surface. Knowing that they create a stable thermal environment helps us paint a picture of these unique lunar features and the prospect of one day exploring them.” (NASA)
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6/6 The particular pit used to analyze the thermal properties by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was in an area of the Moon known as the Mare Tranquillitatis. It is 100-meters deep and as wide as a football field. According to scientists, the overhang of the pit is responsible for creating shadows on the Moon and maintaining a temperature of nearly 17 degrees Celsius at all times. (NASA)
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Amazingly, now you can hear images from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. (AP)

Are you interested in finding out new things related to space? You must be following NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and checking out the magnificent photos it has been sending. And "What if you could hear Webb data?", asks NASA. Well, here is something unique and exciting that is coming coming to you. You can now explore some of the first full-color infrared images and data from James Webb Space Telescope through sound. Yes, you read that right. Informing about the same NASA said, "There's a new, immersive way to explore some of the first full-color infrared images and data from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope – through sound. Listeners can enter the complex soundscape of the Cosmic Cliffs in the Carina Nebula, explore the contrasting tones of two images that depict the Southern Ring Nebula, and identify the individual data points in a transmission spectrum of hot gas giant exoplanet WASP-96 b."

“Music taps into our emotional centers,” said Matt Russo, a musician and physics professor at the University of Toronto. “Our goal is to make Webb's images and data understandable through sound – helping listeners create their own mental images," the report informed. Here is all you need to know.

About James Webb Space Telescope's Cosmic Cliffs Sonification

A near-infrared image of the Cosmic Cliffs in the Carina Nebula, captured by Webb Telescope, has been mapped to a symphony of sounds. Here, the “Cosmic Cliffs” are sonified, or translated to sound. Blue gas and dust sound windy, while a melodic line represents the rise and fall of the “mountain range.” Louder tones represent brighter light," NASA Webb Telescope tweeted.

Explaining further, NASA said, "the soundtrack is vibrant and full, representing the detail in this gigantic, gaseous cavity that has the appearance of a mountain range. The gas and dust in the top half of the image are represented in blue hues and windy, drone-like sounds. The bottom half of the image, represented in ruddy shades of orange and red, has a clearer, more melodic composition. Brighter light in the image is louder. The vertical position of light also dictates the frequency of sound."

While the colors in Webb's two views of the Southern Ring Nebula were mapped to pitches of sound. Near-infrared light (left) is represented by higher frequencies; mid-infrared (right) by lower frequencies. Both central stars can be heard in mid-infrared, but only one in near-infrared.

It can be known that the team of scientists and musicians not only turned Webb's images into audio but its data on the atmosphere of gas giant exoplanet WASP-96 b became a sci-fi-esque soundscape too.

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First Published Date: 05 Sep, 13:06 IST