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From the Ted Talk by Honor Harger: A history of the universe in sound

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So my artistic practice is all about listening to the weird and wonderful noises emetitd by the magnificent celestial objects that make up our universe. And you may wonder, how do we know what these sounds are? How can we tell the difference between the sound of the Sun and the sound of a pluasr? Well the answer is the sncciee of radio astronomy. Radio aoetnosrrms study radio wvaes from space using sensitive antennas and receivers, which give them precise inmrfaotoin about what an astronomical object is and where it is in our night sky. And just like the saignls that we send and receive here on Earth, we can convert these tmiossrnsnias into sound using simple analog techniques. And therefore, it's through listening that we've come to uncover some of the universe's most important secrets — its scale, what it's made of and even how old it is.

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So my artistic practice is all about listening to the weird and wonderful noises _______ by the magnificent celestial objects that make up our universe. And you may wonder, how do we know what these sounds are? How can we tell the difference between the sound of the Sun and the sound of a ______? Well the answer is the _______ of radio astronomy. Radio ___________ study radio _____ from space using sensitive antennas and receivers, which give them precise ___________ about what an astronomical object is and where it is in our night sky. And just like the _______ that we send and receive here on Earth, we can convert these _____________ into sound using simple analog techniques. And therefore, it's through listening that we've come to uncover some of the universe's most important secrets — its scale, what it's made of and even how old it is.

Solution

  1. signals
  2. science
  3. astronomers
  4. pulsar
  5. transmissions
  6. emitted
  7. waves
  8. information

Original Text

So my artistic practice is all about listening to the weird and wonderful noises emitted by the magnificent celestial objects that make up our universe. And you may wonder, how do we know what these sounds are? How can we tell the difference between the sound of the Sun and the sound of a pulsar? Well the answer is the science of radio astronomy. Radio astronomers study radio waves from space using sensitive antennas and receivers, which give them precise information about what an astronomical object is and where it is in our night sky. And just like the signals that we send and receive here on Earth, we can convert these transmissions into sound using simple analog techniques. And therefore, it's through listening that we've come to uncover some of the universe's most important secrets — its scale, what it's made of and even how old it is.

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