Finally we have sounds from the distant past when the Milky Way was just being formed. Now stargazers can listen to the music of the spheres from 13 billion years ago in the past.
They were a bunch of astrophysicists from the University of Birmingham. What they did was to record the sounds from stars in M4 which is one of the earliest galaxies. It is 13 billion years old.
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The information came from the NASA Kepler/K2 Mission. The resonant oscillations of stars were heard via the employment of asteroseismology. The stars seemed to oscillate and the brightness was caused by the sound inherent inside the stars.
Via a measurement of these tones, the age and massiveness of the stars could be determined. This field of asteroseismology is of great interest to scientists since it could unravel some of the mysteries of the universe.
To explore space and at least observe the far off pavilions of this final frontier is the ultimate goal and objective of mankind. According to the experts, they were really excited about the whole thing.
To listen to the sounds of the galaxies that were existent so many billions of years ago is a treat reserved for a lucky few. Yet these astrophysicists want to make the tonal and eerie music available to the general public as well.
These stars are actually like fossils found on the shores of space-time. The universe is not only more mysterious and unpredictable than we think, it is way ahead of us in this game set up by Mother Nature.
Man after all can only imitate. The universe actually creates. Finally, thanks to this discovery of the music of the spheres, we will be able to determine how spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way developed in the first place.
Up until now some young stars were included in the studies carried out by astronomers and astrophysicists. Yet today we know that the age-old stars are also within our reach at least on an observational basis.
This field is a nascent one and it still has to evolve. For now though the music of the universe will be made available to the masses as a source of inspiration. We are probably not alone in a complex universe that has its contradictions and is fascinating to study on its own.
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The findings of this research got published in the Royal Astronomical Society journal Monthly Notices.