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Stars Above Paranal Observatory - Sonification (Dark Tour of the Universe)

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posted on 2021-11-11, 11:52 authored by Christopher HarrisonChristopher Harrison
This sonified material allows the audience to listen to the stars appear as they did on 13 September 2019 at ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. The sounds heard represent each star (brightest stars appear first) and the pitch of the sound represents the colour of the star. Time has been sped up. The position of the star in the surround sound systems is also tied to the real position on the night sky. However, the audio file has been modified from full surround sound (6.1) to stereo. This material was part of the A Dark Tour of the Universe astronomy show for the blind and visually impaired, first shown at the British Science Festival in 2019.

Credit: Mitchell Allen/Kim Jones (Arup); Chris Harrison/Miranda Jarvis (Newcastle University/ESO)



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