Thursday, May 18, 2017

Planets in TRAPPIST-1 orbiting in synchronized harmonies.

They have created a digital symphony to highlight the unique configuration which saves TRAPPIST-1 from destruction

NASA's discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system earlier this year created excitement after three planets were found to be in the star's habitable zone. But it also created confusion since the system appeared to be highly unstable, in danger of smashing itself to bits.
Now a U of T astrophysicist may have helped solve that puzzle – with jazz music and animation.
Dan Tamayo, a postdoc researcher at U of T Scarborough’s Centre for Planetary Science, fellow astrophysicist Matt Russo, who plays jazz, and musician Andrew Santaguida teamed up with a Toronto-based animation studio to illustrate the planetary system's remarkable configuration. Speeding up the planets’ orbital frequencies into the human hearing range, they've created an astrophysical symphony of sorts, playing out more than 40 light years away.

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