Black Star: Free Musical Performance Based on The Discovery of Pulsars

On Saturday, June 1,  there will be a free, outdoor music performance based on the discovery of pulsars takes place at Ranch 2810A pulsar is a highly magnetized, rotating neutron star that emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation.

Presented by Yellow Barn music group and a group of Marfa sponsors, the performance of Gérard Grisey’s Le noir de l’étoile features six percussionists positioned surrounding the audience to create an immersive, spatial, musical experience. You can hear the KRTS interview here.

The performance starts at 9:45 pm. Guests are asked to arrive at the ranch gate, and park along the road, between 9 pm and 9:30 pm. Bring a flashlight in your car, as it will be dark. A bus will take audience members from the road to the performance site, and will return them to their vehicles. Visit Yellow Barn for more information.

Composite Optical/X-ray image of the Crab Nebula, showing synchrotron emission in the surrounding pulsar wind nebula, powered by injection of magnetic fields and particles from the central pulsar.

Composite Optical/X-ray image of the Crab Nebula, showing synchrotron emission in the surrounding pulsar wind nebula, powered by injection of magnetic fields and particles from the central pulsar.

In 1967, a young astronomer detected in the heavens a rapidly varying radio signal, in the form of periodic impulses 1.3 seconds apart. The discovery caused a sensation. The impulses were so regular that for a while they were taken to be signals coming from extraterrestrial civilizations.  Then astrophysicists revealed a truth that was just as surprising: the signals were being emitted by a pulsar, the fantastic compact residue created by the supernova explosions that long ago disintegrated the massive stars.

—Jean-Pierre Luminet, Astrophysicist at 
the Paris-Meudon Observatory

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