Sonification of RS Puppis

  • Released Thursday, December 22, 2022

RS Puppis is a glittering star 200 times larger than our Sun and wreathed with dust reflecting starlight. Located about 6,500 light-years away, this star rhythmically brightens and dims over a six-week cycle.

In this sonification, scientists represent data in the image as sound for a new, festive way of experiencing RS Puppis. Pitch is assigned based on direction from the center; as the circle travels inward, light closer to the top is high pitched, and light closer to the bottom is lower. Light toward the left is heard more in the left speaker and light toward the right is heard more in the right speaker. Additionally, brightness in the image is mapped to louder volume.

Sonification credits: SYSTEM Sounds (M. Russo, A. Santaguida)

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Vertical Version

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Release date

This page was originally published on Thursday, December 22, 2022.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 11:43 AM EDT.


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