Here GOES Radiotelescope Sound
Space Weather Sonification
The sound heard onsite at Here GOES Radiotelescope, and in the streaming audio from Wave Farm’s website (also above), is a ‘sonification’ created from space weather data collected in real time by Here GOES Radiotelescope. It is an audio imagining of the soundscape of solar wind hitting and flowing around Earth, as if it were a field recording of the interaction of energies. The sound changes throughout the day as the spacecraft passes between the sunward and leeward sides of the Earth’s protective magnetosphere.
When seated within Here GOES Radiotelescope, visitors see the live view of Earth through the satellite's eyes and hear the space environment that the satellite is sensing in real time.
The sonification is made from 4 different space-weather-detecting instruments aboard GOES-16, the data from each contributing voices to the soundscape:
Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors [EXIS]: Average X-ray irradiance (XRS-A bandpass)
High-pitched chorus in repetitive pattern
Magnetometer [MAG]: Total ambient Earth geomagnetic field (in Attitude Control Reference Frame (ACRF))
Medium-pitched fast-warbling tone
Space Environment In-Situ Suite [SEISS]: Energetic Heavy Ions Sensor (EHIS differential hydrogen ion flux)
Very low-pitched reverberant drone
Space Environment In-Situ Suite [SEISS]: Magnetospheric Particle Sensor – High Energy Range (MPS-HI differential electron flux on electron telescope 3)
Medium-pitched ambient wavering chorus
Space Environment In-Situ Suite [SEISS]: Magnetospheric Particle Sensor – High Energy Range (MPS-HI differential proton flux on proton telescope 3)
Solid slightly wavering electronic tone