Transient Zoo is an in-progress citizen science program that will allow participants to classify the lightcurves of astrophysical transients such as supernovae using sound. Our “sonified” lightcurves depict changes in brightness as changes in pitch so that users can use short sound files to distinguish between different transient phenomena.

A full preview of Transient Zoo is coming soon!


For now you can click below to listen to a sonified lightcurve of SN 2013ej, created by former UW undergrad and current Harvard grad student Locke Patton using data from the Open Supernova Catalog and his “sonipy” code (which won a AAS Chambliss Award for student research and will be published as open-source code soon!)