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Scott Hughes on Data Stories, LIGO sonification


I just caught up with a June episode of Data Stories that’s all about sonification: Listening to Data From Space with Scott Hughes. Hughes is an MIT astrophysicist who works on gravitational waves. You may have heard some of them turned into sound when the news came out recently about LIGO sensing two black holes spinning around and smashing into each other. He’s been using that approach for years. (Mind-blowing fact I read somewhere recently but forget where: this happens about once every fifteen minutes in the observable universe.) The Data Stories show notes include sounds and helpful links. Data Stories is a good podcast, with many interesting interviews, but if you’re interested in astronomy or sonification then this one is definitely worth hearing.