Sonifying Images From Space

by Sina on December 9, 2012

Transit of Venus

NASA’s SDO Satellite Captures 2012 Venus Transit [Close-Up]

The below is a blurb I wrote on my website when the transit of Venus was happening earlier this year. While we didn’t succeed in sonifying the whole thing, I think that it’s not a terrible showing for just a few hours of hacking on what was supposed to be a vacation, *grin*. Check out the video and pictures of the prototype, and see what you think.


The transit of Venus won’t happen again for another century, so why not make this century the one where blind people can also appreciate it? I’m working with Keith Simmons from the museum of science in Boston to do exactly that. We’ve got images popping up on a touchscreen tablet, streams from actual telescopes being decoded, and I’m able to put my finger anywhere on an image and hear an audio representation of the frequencies of colors. It’s already trivial for me to find the sun in an image captured from space. Next, I want to find Venus as it’s transiting across the sun!

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What do you think?

What are your thoughts on sonifying images from space? If you have any ideas or suggestions, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

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