10 November 2020 17:27:00
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently shared a sonification of a planetary nebula, and the video sparked a number of reactions online.
Posted on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope official Instagram account, the video shows the Helix Nebula, a planetary nebula that is 655 light years from Earth.
Sonification is a process in which data is converted into sound. A nebula is a giant cloud of dust and gas that forms from the explosion of a dying star or are regions where new stars are starting to form.
“Even if there is no sound in space, sonifications like this help us conceptualize data in astronomical images in a new, auditory way!” said the post with the video.
According to the post, the red light was assigned to the lower shades and the blue light was assigned to the higher shades for sonification.
Many on social media claimed that the clip terrified them while others said they were fascinated:
IT IS THE EYE THAT CRIES !!!
– Kugel (@KugelerdRemake) November 9, 2020
This is absolutely terrifying, but in a great way!
– Jim Drummen (@ jimdrummen48) November 9, 2020
You can make it less terrifying @NASAHubble @system_sounds
– Adam Kreider (@kreider_adam) November 9, 2020
– Alexandre Callegaro (@guedxander) November 9, 2020
– ⚔ (@icaroggarcia) November 10, 2020
– Missing Bison Sports (@ByzenWin) November 9, 2020
– Kenny 🔮✨ (@ kenD637) November 9, 2020
RIP headset users
– Don Calzone (@DonCalzoneVIP) November 9, 2020
‘In space no one can hear you scream …
… because everything is already screaming ‘
– What is therapy? (@ whats_therapy) November 9, 2020
– Anna Wrenn 🔮 (@ AnnaWrenn2) November 9, 2020
A warning will be better next time NASA pic.twitter.com/fThLosQ2ha
– Kevin Wekulo (@KWekulo) November 9, 2020
The choir of a thousand tortured souls. Very beautifull
– gone (@Gone_forAwhile) November 9, 2020
Why is the terrifying space eye screaming?
– KellyO (@ KellyOC2323) November 9, 2020
According to NASA, the Helix Nebula is the closest nebula to Earth and is the remnant of a dying star, much like the Sun in our solar system.
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