Sonification of V838 Monocerotis Light Echo

  • Released Friday, May 19, 2023

This data sonification of the star V838 Monocerotis, or V838 Mon, shows two Hubble images taken almost seven months apart. A pulse of light from the central star illuminates clouds of dust and gas surrounding V838 Mon.

This star is located about 20,000 light-years away, at the outer edge of our Milky Way Galaxy. In this sonification, scientists mapped brightness to pitch and volume, and the surrounding stars are pitched to musical notes.

Sonification credits: SYSTEM Sounds (M. Russo, A. Santaguida)

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This page was originally published on Friday, May 19, 2023.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 4:00 PM EDT.


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