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Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Miasma of Incandescent Plasma Edition

This week, scientists were following a coronal mass ejection that hit the Earth on Thursday. It was expected to be a doozy, causing a delay in a supply flight to the ISS, airline flights to be rerouted, and the Northern Lights to be seen as far south as Illinois or Colorado.

But those aren’t the only effects of space weather that we can tune into. The CRaTER streaming radio station uses data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and reinterprets it into musical sound.

The CRaTER streaming radio station essentially gives a weather report by playing samples of instruments in various keys and pitches, interpreting conditions in space by a set of established rules. The musical instruments range from a piano to a banjo. The raw data comes from six different detectors on the spacecraft — so in a sense, it’s like hearing a sextet from space.

“Our minds love music, so this offers a pleasurable way to interface with the data,” Marty Quinn of the University of New Hampshire, Durham, who led the music project, says in a NASA post today . “It also provides accessibility for people with visual impairments.”

That’s pretty cool. It’s get’s a little repetitive since it just goes on and on and on, but I think it’s worth a listen.

In honor of the sun spitting plasma at us, here are a couple of songs from They Might Be Giants about our star.

Want more music? Check out Lab Tracks on Mad Art Lab!

Do you have a delightfully nerdy recommendation? Leave them in the comments!

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