Scientists capture the sound of sunrise on Mars

The soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise.

An image of the 5,000th sunrise captured by the Mars rover, Opportunity. Credit: Anglia Ruskin University
An image of the 5,000th sunrise captured by the Mars rover, Opportunity. Credit: Anglia Ruskin University

Scientists have made the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars dawn caught by the mechanical investigation rover, Opportunity, utilizing information sonification systems to make a two-minute bit of music.

The soundtrack has been produced by examining an image from left to right, pixel by pixel, and taking a gander at brightness and color information and combining them with territory rise. They utilized algorithms to relegate every component a particular pitch and tune.

The quiet, moderate harmonies are an outcome of the dark background and the more brighter, higher pitched sounds towards the center of the piece are made by the sonification of the brilliant sun disk.

Dr. Vicinanza, Director of the Sound and Game Engineering (SAGE) research group at Anglia Ruskin, said: “We are absolutely thrilled about presenting this work about such a fascinating planet. Image sonification is a really flexible technique to explore science and it can be used in several domains, from studying certain characteristics of planet surfaces and atmospheres to analyzing weather changes or detecting volcanic eruptions.”

“In health science, it can provide scientists with new methods to analyze the occurrence of certain shapes and colors, which is particularly useful in image diagnostics.”

Dr. Domenico Vicinanza, of Anglia Ruskin University, and Dr. Genevieve Williams, of the University of Exeter, will present the world premiere of the piece, entitled Mars Soundscapes in the NASA booth at the forthcoming Supercomputing SC18 Conference in Dallas (13 November).

The piece will be presented using both conventional speakers and vibrational transducers so the audience could feel the vibrations with their hands, thus enjoying the first-person experience of a sunrise on Mars.