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Beaming the Beatles Across the Universe

Here’s a quickie… Chilly from On the Bricks has asked me to help with the launch of Across The Universe by the Beatles as NASA is going to to the star Polaris, 431 light years away (thatโ€™s 431 years travel at the speed of light before our all-time favorite Beatles song reaches the 2.5 quadrillion miles away star). This is being done at 0:00 GMT February 4th, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the song, the 45th anniversary of NASAโ€™s Deep Space Network, an international network of antennas that supports missions to explore the universe, and the 50th anniversary of NASA.

NASA has invited people around the world to play Across the Universe on their audio systems at the same time NASA beams its mp3 version into outer space. The idea was hatched by Beatlesโ€™ historian Martin Lewis, who encourages all Beatles fans to play the track as it is being beamed to the distant star. Additionally, this date will be known as Across the Universe Day. The event marks the first time a radio song has been beamed into deep space.

I did play it at the correct time… just didn’t get to publish it on time! So I will leave this up for you to enjoy… Beatles fans everywhere… rejoice!

EDIT: Please note I removed the player as it was interfering with other videos etc on my site. Visit Chilly’s site to hear the Beatles sing “Across the Universe” Thanks, Ange.

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  1. Angebiz:

    Great post. I didn’t know that stuff about the Beatles’ music going into space. That’s really interesting.

    I picked up your trail from Mr. Grudge’s site. Your blog looks good – I like your posts. I’ll be back

    Happy trails from sunny southern California.

    Swubird’s last blog post..The Lost “Canali” of Mars

  2. Hi Ange,

    I knew about this since last week and I was able to play it too at the correct time. But it was nice of you to make a post about it since my friends and I couldn’t stop talking about the Super Bowl.

    We’ll probably hear this song when we are part of the dust in the universe. ๐Ÿ™‚ –Durano, done!

    Durano Lawayan’s last blog post..Giants’ Gutsy Gamble

  3. Nice idea, maybe…..but I seem to remember hearing on the History Channel (I think it was David Brin ) that the waves dissipate after 1 or 2 light years out.

  4. @Swubird … Hi and thanks for following the trail! I’m glad you like what you read. I’ll look forward to hearing from you again ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Durano … from what I hear and read on your post, it was an exciting finish!! It’s great that you knew about it… I didn’t get very much notice at all so that’s why I just missed making the post on time. Curious idea though… beaming a song into the universe…

    @Bridget … glad you played it. All in the spirit of fun!

    @Jessie … I look forward to reading your article ๐Ÿ™‚

    @David … 1 or 2 light years out is a very short distance… I hope he was misinformed… when you think about it… what an achievment it would be to get the song 431 light years out!! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. The 1 or 2 light years out was for radio & T V signals in general – hopefully doesn’t apply to NASA using a different technology to beam to a star 431 years away.
    Have to say, though, that I find it reassuring to think that the signals carrying the Game Show Network & the Crystal Cathedral will peter out after a year or so……….if not, I don’t blame anyone out there for not wanting to stop by…..