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Listen to the Haunting Music of a Distant Dying Star in This Japanese Astronomy Project

Japan's National Astronomical Observatory Wants to Make Space Data More Relatable

Published on Nov 12, 2014

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Japanese agency Party has been responsible for some of the most creative tech projects we've seen here at Creativity -- like the recent project for Kirin Beer involving drone doves. This time, its New York office teamed up with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan to create music based on signals from a dying star.

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international telescope based in Chile's Atacama desert, the observatory recorded data emanating from the dying star R Sculptoris, which is 950 light years away from Earth, and then, working with Party, turned it into musical notes. Party says in a statement that it wanted "to make something out of the space data, so that data normally used only among astronomers turns into something familiar to anyone."

The hauntingly beautiful music can be heard in this video, while the ALMA Music Box is now displayed at the 21_21 Design Sight gallery in Tokyo. You can also find out more about the project at its website.

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