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Audible universe

A multi-disciplinary team recently came together online to discuss the application of sonification in astronomy, focusing on the effective use of sound for scientific discovery and for improving accessibility to astronomy research and education.

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Fig. 1: Sonification of fast radio bursts.

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We thank the Lorentz Centre for hosting the workshop (online) and their valuable assistance in preparing and running the workshop. We thank all the participants of the workshop, who all provided important contributions to the fruitful discussions.

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Harrison, C., Zanella, A., Bonne, N. et al. Audible universe. Nat Astron 6, 22–23 (2022).

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