Adam Vidiksis

NGC 981

2009

Performed by Cynthia Folio, flute, and Adam Vidiksis, djembe

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Traveling approximately 60 million light years away toward the constellation Aries, one will find an island universe about 50,00 light years across.  This spiral galaxy, named NGC 981, was host to a cosmic moment important to astrophysicists on Earth.  In October 2009, scientists from the US and Japan discovered light from supernova SN2009js, the death explosion of a massive star within the plane of galaxy NGC 981. This work portrays this event, from the intensity of this massive explosion as it ripples through the universe, the immensity of galaxy itself, to the beauty of this colossal phenomenon.