NASA turns James Webb telescope’s first image into sound

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The NASA revealed a series of videos in which it turned into audio the first image taken by the James Webb Telescopein this way it puts sound to the universe, the space agency made different videos, each one with different sounds.

Last July, NASA published the first images from the Webb telescope. Now the space agency has translated the data from the images into sounds to provide a soundtrack to the cosmic wonders captured by the telescope.

To add sound to the universe, NASA carried out a process in which the infrared wavelengths captured by the James Webb telescope are taken and sound tones are assigned to them.

These sonificationsas they are called, translate data from different sources in the image into different sounds.

The NASA made four different videos from the same image of the Webb telescope, where each one has a different sound depending on the elements of the image that you want to enhance:

Cosmic Cliffs in the Carina Nebula

Cosmic Cliffs: Stars

Cosmic Cliffs: Sky

Cosmic Cliffs: Mountains

“These compositions provide a different way to experience the detailed information in Webb’s first dataQuyen Hart, senior scientist for education and outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute, said in a NASA statement.

In the case of the image of the “Carina Nebula,” showing vast plumes of gas and dust and young stars, the brightest light grew stronger than the fainter sources. The further down the image the light source was, the lower the assigned frequency of the sound.

In the video of “stars” only the notes that represent stars in the image are played. All stars are represented by a combination of processed piano tones and notes, but the brightest stars are transformed into cymbal hits.

The Webb telescope launched in December 2021 and reached its point of observation in space, approximately 1.6 million kilometers from Earth, a month later.

The telescope then spent months getting its instruments up and running and aligning its mirrors, now it’s fully operational and tTaking sharp images of some of the weaker light sources and ancient of the universe.