New NASA Black Hole Sonifications with a Remix

Sat, 14 May 2022 06:51:05 GMT
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Huntsville AL (SPX) May 13, 2022 Since 2003, the black hole at the center of the Perseus galaxy...

Since 2003, the black hole at the center of the Perseus galaxy cluster has been associated with sound.

This is because astronomers discovered that pressure waves sent out by the black hole caused ripples in the cluster's hot gas that could be translated into a note - one that humans cannot hear some 57 octaves below middle C. Now a new sonification brings more notes to this black hole sound machine.

This new sonification - that is, the translation of astronomical data into sound - is being released for NASA's Black Hole Week this year.

In addition to the Perseus galaxy cluster, a new sonification of another famous black hole is being released.

Studied by scientists for decades, the black hole in Messier 87, or M87, gained celebrity status in science after the first release from the Event Horizon Telescope project in 2019.

The brightest region on the left of the image is where the black hole is found, and the structure to the upper right is a jet produced by the black hole.

The jet is produced by material falling onto the black hole.

The brightest part of the image corresponds to the loudest portion of the sonification, which is where astronomers find the 6.5-billion solar mass black hole that EHT imaged.

SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter$5+ Billed Monthly SpaceDaily Contributor $5 Billed Once credit card or paypal Astronomers reveal first image of black hole at Milky Way's centre Paris, France May 12, 2022.

An international team of astronomers on Thursday unveiled the first image of a supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy - a cosmic body known as Sagittarius A*. The image - produced by a global team of scientists known as the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration - is the first, direct visual confirmation of the presence of this invisible object, and comes three years after the very first image of a black hole from a distant galaxy.

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