NASA shares fascinating sonification video of the Crab Nebula; Netizens call it ‘awesome’

Have you ever wondered what stars or other space elements would sound like if they had music? If not, listen to the latest sonification of the Crab Nebula that NASA’s Hubble has shared on its social networks. The Crab Nebula is 6,523 light-years distant from Earth and the recently shared video shows an image of the supernova transformed into music from data shared by the Hubble telescope.

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What does the color represent?

The purple part of the Crab Nebula image is the Hubble visible light data translated into strings, while the blue and white show X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory translated into bronze. The pink part of the Crab Nebula in the image shows infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope that has been translated into woodwinds. The brightest light in the image has a higher tone and is reproduced louder.

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The video has garnered more than 1,90,000 views since it was shared by NASA’s Hubble Telescope 22 hours ago. Netizens are absolutely in awe of the video, as one individual wrote, “I can’t believe how beautiful it is.” Another user asked curiously, “why does the music sound like the background score of the movie Interstellar?”

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope that captured the data and sent it back to Earth was deployed 30 years ago by the space shuttle Discovery. The space observatory is named after astronomer Edwin Hubble and since its launch in 1990, it has made more than 1.4 million observations.

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