03.10.17

Make your own TRAPPIST-1 Music

The Spitzer Space Telescope recently revealed seven Earth-like planets orbiting the TRAPPIST-1 star. There’s a pattern to the way the planets move around the star. If you set it to music, it might sound like this.

That’s just one possible arrangement. The talented seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 system composed the beautiful melody played by the xylophone, but they need help to arrange and finish the music.

That’s where you come in!

We want your contribution. Take the transit notes and add your own music to them. Whether it’s classical, jazz, world, hip hop or dance. Share your creation with us on social media with #MyTrappist1.

Here’s the sheet music, MIDI files, and video of the transits: https://caltech.app.box.com/s/8bm8b2ule6acjeboxc3x3zep3bm3k8i0

All of these files are royalty-free. Use them however you like.

Want to know more about the music? How did the Spitzer Space Telescope study the seven TRAPPIST-1 worlds in a galaxy far, far away? Actually, Spitzer watched the star, Trappist-1, for over 500 hours and detected a brief dimming of the star as each planet passed in front of it. What a patient telescope! The music was made based on the timing of the seven planets’ transits. So, listening to the melody is one way to experience the observations made by Spitzer! Exciting, isn’t it?

Visit http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/trappist-1 for articles, visuals, and videos that will inspire you more. If you want to know more about the methods of finding exoplanets, visit 5 Ways to find a planet.

Don’t forget #MyTrappist1 when you share your music on internet. Looking forward to listening to your music!