Cambridge Science Festival - The "Sounds" of Space

24 March 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Cambridge campus

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A variety of radio emissions are produced naturally on Earth and on other bodies throughout the solar system and beyond. These cannot be heard directly, but conversion to sound reveals the mesmerising and data rich “sounds” of space.

Come to a science-inspired journey of offworld sounds; a solar flare, space storms from different planets, neutron stars and merging black holes. A scientific presentation is followed by an experiential artwork in a darkened space. The sound and animation ‘performance’ is designed to provoke a powerful emotional response that celebrates the beauty, wonder and context of the data.

Nigel Meredith and Diana Scarborough see their art-science collaboration as an important catalyst for sharing and re-visualising their ideas and practice. Critical engagement and curiosity is key and the event concludes with a Q&A session with the audience.

Nigel Meredith is a Space Weather Research Scientist at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge.  He specialises in the role of wave-particle interactions in the acceleration and loss of relativistic electrons in the Earth’s radiation belt and in the production of the diffuse aurora.  He is also interested in extreme space weather and has recently applied extreme value analysis to long-term satellite datasets to determine the 1 in 10, 1 in 50 and 1 in 100 year electron flux levels to help assess the impact of extreme events on the satellite fleet.

Presented with British Antarctic Survey

Event Details

24 March 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Cambridge campus

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