Space becomes music to the ears of scientists

Voyager 1 Credit: NASA

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.

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

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