Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

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Robert Alexander discusses solar sonification in Origin magazine

Posted: September 10, 2012

In Origin magazine, doctoral student Robert Alexander discusses why solar sonification is important.

"Through false color imaging we can expand our sensorium and perceive wavelengths far beyond visible light: radio waves mixed with x-rays in a swirling sea of color. Still, these images only tell us part of a much larger story," Alexander says.

Alexander explains that for some researchers, “the squiggly lines generated by satellites look less like scientific graphs and more like audio files."

"Simply listening to the roar of solar storms or the hum of distant pulsars opens a new understanding that isn’t possible with traditional methods of analysis, and we have the technology to make these sonic experiences broadly accessible.”

To read the article, click on the pdf.

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