AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 118 Reaching Out: EPO
Poster, Thursday, January 8, 2004, 9:20am-4:00pm, Grand Hall

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[118.16] Interpretation of Blazar Flux Variations as Music

J. R. Webb (Florida International University)

Blazars are believed to be distant galaxies in the process of formation. They emit electromagnetic radiation (light) over the entire electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves to gamma-rays. The emission varies with time in most frequency ranges and the causes for the variation are yet to be adequately explained. Astronomers have been monitoring these objects with optical telescopes for over 50 years now and we have collected a large database of brightnesses over these fifty years. This paper presents some of these light curves, and adopts a computational method to translate the brightness fluctuations into musical tones. These tones are then converted to sound using a midi synthesizer on a PC.

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