You might not realize it, but there's a silent symphony overhead at any given time: NASA's satellites talking to Earth. They track our planet's weather, the height of its oceans, and even the changing mass of its ice. Those science measurements are then beamed down to ground stations, where they're processed for scientists studying our changing world.
Now, the public is invited to an educational experience where they can hear that space chatter for themselves. The Orbit Pavilion is a sound installation that opened on October 29 and runs through February 27*, at The Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. The installation lets listeners "hear" 19 of NASA's Earth science satellites pass over them, providing a fun and engaging way to learn about space. It originally debuted in 2015 as part of New York's World Science Festival.
Orbit is the brainchild of The Studio at JPL, an art and design workshop that develops creative ways to educate the public on space exploration. Since 2003, the team has developed everything from expoplanet travel posters to digital light sculptures, all with the aim of increasing public awareness of space science.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is managed by Caltech for NASA.
*UPDATE: The installion has been extended until September 4, 2017.