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Classical 101

Space; The Vinyl Frontier for NASA's Voyager Mission

I had the privilege of attending the Perkins Observatory in Delaware, Ohio a few months ago for an interesting lecture and demonstration of the observatory tower. It was a cloudy night so we did not get a peek through the telescope, but that left me with the most overwhelming desire to hear space. Turns out, I am not alone. NASA's monumental Voyager mission has spanned 36 years of exploring our solar system, and the craft has recently become the first to travel into interstellar space. Voyager 1 and 2 made history already in the 1980s by being the first crafts to successfully navigate to Neptune and Uranus, but the contributions do not stop there. Voyager has recorded the music of the planets, and I don't mean Holst. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3fqE01YYWs Throughout its tenure, Voyager 1 has sent recordings of electromagnetic waves from Jupiter, Saturn, Earth, Uranus and Neptune. These waves are then interpreted by a 'Plasma Wave Science' instrument which assigns audible pitch and frequency based on the density of the gasses surrounding the spacecraft. In other words, the bumpier the ride the more dynamic the sound, and smooth sailing sounds like a minimalist electronic composition by Varese or Greg Stuart and Michael Pisaro. So what do the planets sound like? Each planet sounds a bit different, a bit eerie, and fittingly minimal and epic. But don't take my word for it, you can listen to each planet's "theme" below or even purchase a series of CDs, LPs, and cassettes released by NASA in the early 1990s. I sincerely hope they re-release the album; it's stellar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSrvPdchEUc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqAFjWl5HoY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80Ngl2RY8sA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7E_GVDdyYs ***For more music of the heavens, tune in to Classical 101 on air on Tuesday, February 3 during the 2pm hour. Also, be sure to find a good star-gazing spot that night so you can enjoy the Full Moon and a great view of Jupiter.***