SXSW 2023

NASA's Sounds From a Black Hole


Few things capture attention more than black holes. They are mysterious and seemingly unknowable. Yet, scientists have managed to not only prove they exist, but they have also figured out what sizes they come in, how they affect their surroundings, and even taken images of them. And they are not done yet. As we enter the next phase of black hole exploration using the latest data and expertise from NASA and other organizations around the world, we will look at the innovative ways we can explore black holes such as through sound and other immersive experiences. What does a black hole sound like? Come explore with us.

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  1. What is a black hole? Explore the cutting-edge work currently uncovering the mysteries of these massive, hidden cosmic objects.
  2. Do black holes sing? Discover how NASA sonifies data of black holes and be immersed in the sound waves and soundscapes of these big, belching divas.
  3. Why? Learn how sonifications improve access to NASA data, particularly for blind or low vision people, and can ignite the imaginations of millions.



Kimberly Arcand, Visualization scientist & emerging tech lead, NASA/Smithsonian

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Design
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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