New ‘sonification’ project unveiled by NASA
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Space
- The NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Center (CXC) has unveiled a new ‘sonification’ project that transforms data from astronomical images into audio.
Important value additions
- It refers to the use of sound values to represent real data.
- It is the auditory version of data visualisation.
- In NASA’s Chandra (sonification) project, for instance, data is represented using a number of musical notes.
- The birth of a star, a cloud of dust or even a black hole can be ‘heard’ as a high- or low-pitched sound.
Chandra X-ray Project
- The Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched by Space Shuttle Columbia in 1999.
- It is part of NASA’s ﬂeet of “Great Observatories”.
- X-ray universe: It refers to the universe as observed with telescopes designed to detect X-rays.
- X-rays are produced in the cosmos when matter is heated to millions of degrees.
- Such temperatures occur where high magnetic fields, or extreme gravity, or explosive forces exist in space.
- The telescope is named after the Nobel Prize-winning Indian astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar.