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OAE’s Golden Record

Mon Oct 1 2018

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Voyager spacecraft

Somewhere beyond Neptune, travelling into interstellar space at more than 38,000mph, is humankind’s most distant object, Voyager 1.

Launched in 1977, the spacecraft gave us extraordinary images of Jupiter and Saturn, and still sends messages home. The most famous is the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ photograph, taken from the edge of the solar system and depicting Earth from 3.7 billion miles away.

Pale Blue Dot

But Voyager 1 and its sister ship, Voyager 2, also have a message for anything they might come across in outer space. It takes the form of a golden record – compiled by the astronomer Carl Sagan – to show off 5,000 years of earthly music to any aliens that might stumble across it. Johann Sebastian Bach is the most featured composer.

To celebrate the start of our new Bach, the Universe and Everything series, we asked the OAE family what they would put on our own Golden Record to send to the stars. We’re currently adding to the playlist, and if you have any suggestions, email them to info@oae.co.uk with a quick explanation.

Bach, the Universe and Everything returns to Kings Place on Sun 21 October and continues every month until March 2019.

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