AstroSounds approaches Astronomy from a different angle. Everyone thinks Astronomy aims mainly at visual observations (like pictures or stellar spectra), but it’s also possible to listen to the stars.
Stars vibrate like musical instruments. We can recognize these instruments by their specific timbre. Similarly, we can recognize a star by the timbre of the star’s vibrations and sounds.
In other words, our ears are able to filter out data from stellar phenomena that might be less easy to distinguish by eye.
The new generation of space telescopes has generated an explosion of new astronomical data. Could the human ear be equipped to aid us in analyzing the huge influx of data? This hypothesis lies at the base of the AstroSounds Citizen Science Project. Therefore, a large group of people –students, their teachers and citizens in general – will listen to and analyze stellar data. AstroSounds wants everyone, regardless of age, to become an astro-listener.
A series of bookwidgets aids you to become an astro-listener step by step. This way, you help scientists to investigate in which way listening to the stars is helpful in broader Astronomical research.
AstroSounds is a part of the Astronomical research of Prof. Kolenberg (KU Leuven/UAntwerpen/VUB) and the blind researcher Dr. Diaz Merced, who received a PhD in 2013 on the analysis of stellar data based on audio. This scientific component is one of the key elements of AstroSounds.
Do you want more background on the research of stellar vibrations? Click the following link:
“The research of stellar vibrations”