MIT Building 54: now an atmospheric speaker

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Thomas Ricker
September 14th, 2005
MIT Building 54: now an atmospheric speaker image
MIT Building 54: now an atmospheric speaker image
MIT listening up art exhibit

The good folks at MIT have never been afraid to let the arts mingle with technology in hopes of striking up a bit of inspiration. Now thanks to Carrie Bodle, you can stop by Building 54 to listen to the sounds of our atmosphere. Thirty five, 20-inch speakers are currently broadcasting audio representations of sound waves generated from the galactic dance of solar winds with the Earth's ionosphere. Why you may (rightly) ask? Well, scientists already know that different stars (such as our sun or red dwarfs) make different sounds through the extraction of radio waves from frequency, amplitude and phase. So why not listen for telltale changes in the ionosphere which might affect GPS precision and other satellite transmissions — better than staring into a phosphorescent tube all day.

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