Listening to the Sun

Jennifer Shannon

Real time scientific data acquisition, visualization, and sonification for makers, artists, citizen scientists, and other curious types via an exploration of space from Earth.

Listening to the Sun is an experiment in making hands-on science accessible to curious types through affordable DIY technologies. By repurposing easily found and/or discarded consumer electronics, it is possible to create tools that enable the exploration of our atmosphere and outer space without leaving Earth. Coupling these tools with computers and open source software and hardware allows for real time data acquisition, visualization, and sonification. Listening to the Sun is a two part endeavor: a website and a visualization piece. The website,, is an information portal containing detailed build instructions and tutorials for DIY radio astronomy projects, accompanied by brief explanations of some of the science behind the technology and links to further resources. Aurora is a real time visualization of the invisible electromagnetic ballet of NYC made to mimic the Aurora Borealis.