Sounding out the Sun
May 14, 2013
Every day, the Earth’s atmosphere is bombarded with charged particles that have been spat out by the Sun then carried across the solar system on the solar wind. A new artwork is attempting to capture the changing nature of space weather by converting satellite data of the solar wind into sounds
The “solar wind chime” is the work of Helen White, a designer with an interest in enhancing spaces by blending different media. In this interview, White talks to Physics World journalist James Dacey about her inspiration for the work and the challenges she has faced along the way.
White has developed her solar wind chime in Bristol, UK, as part of a communicating science residency supported by IOP Publishing, which publishes Physics World.
About the author
James Dacey is multimedia projects editor for Physics World