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Space becomes music to the ears of scientists

Think of music and planets and you probably think of Gustav Holst. Now though data beamed back from Nasa's Voyager 1 spacecraft has been turned into a piece of music by scientists at Anglia Ruskin University.

The three-minute work is based on information captured by a special telescope aboard the craft, which is designed to identify protons, alpha particles, and heavier nuclei in space.

Voyager 1 Credit: NASA

Scientists used 40 years of data, stretching back to 1977, to create a melody that follows the journey of Voyager 1.

Measurements coming from the telescope depict the dramatic changes detected nfirst when Voyager 1 approached Jupiter, then Saturn and finally when it left the solar system in 2012 and entered interstellar space, which is the region between stars filled with material ejected by the death of nearby stars millions of years ago.

Dr Domenico Vicinanza Credit: Anglia Ruskin University

"Our orchestra score is more than just inspired by one of the most successful space missions of all time, it is shaped entirely by Voyager 1's incredible journey. Data sonification can play an important role in helping to share scientific discoveries and we hope that by converting 40 years of data into music, listeners will be able to hear aspects of Voyager 1's journey that are perhaps not so obvious when looking at graphs of data."

– Dr Domenico Vicinanza

So what does it sound like? You can have a listen to an excerpt below