To represent this image with sound, scientists assigned louder volumes to brighter light. Light farther from the center is pitched higher as a counterclockwise radar scans across the galaxy. NGC 1300 resides nearly 70 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus.
Sonification credit: SYSTEM Sounds (M. Russo, A. Santaguida)
This image of NGC 1300 was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and was first released in 2005. This prototypical barred spiral galaxy features a spectacular display of starlight, glowing gas, and silhouetted dark clouds of interstellar dust.