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Space Case

In this week’s “Tell Me,” Tablet Magazine’s illustrated question-and-answer column, we learn of a would-be astronaut who grows disenchanted with the stars

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Black holes singing? How could you hear them in the vacuum of space?

For me, I’d rather hear the wires of airplane biplanes singing. Katherine Stinson, the fourth woman in the US to earn her pilot’s license, in 1912, sold her piano to pay for flying lessons. She wanted to be a barnstormer so she could earn enough money to continue studying piano, in Europe. In her day, Katherine became a world-famous aviatrix. After several years, reporters asked if she would ever go back to playing the piano. To which she replied, “The wind singing in my airplane’s wires is all the music my ears want to hear now.”

Dan Klein says:

Hey Debra,

Short answer is: Black holes create gravity waves, which can be detected by machinery and converted into sound. Shorter answer: Because the universe is awesome.

mARIAN says:

Some time ago, I started making a costume to wear to a SF convention. I was to be the Queen of Sheba. Expensive costume. I never completely finished the thing; it required sewing lots of sequins. I should drag it out again for Purim.

liana says:

Debra, what a beautiful story! Thanks. Dan – so would you really hear sound without the machinery? I heard a black hole on NPR once…it WAS awesome. Marian, sci-fi convention? You definitely should wear it for Purim.

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Space Case

In this week’s “Tell Me,” Tablet Magazine’s illustrated question-and-answer column, we learn of a would-be astronaut who grows disenchanted with the stars

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