THE CONVERSATION: Joy Division: 40 years on from ‘Unknown Pleasures’, astronomers have revisited the pulsar from the iconic album cover

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Release date: 11/7/2019

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The English rock band Joy Division released their debut studio album “Unknown Pleasures” 40 years ago. The front cover doesn’t feature any words, only a now iconic black and white data graph showing 80 wiggly lines representing a signal from a pulsar in space. To mark the anniversary of the album, we recorded a signal from the same pulsar with a radio telescope in Jodrell Bank Observatory, only 14 miles (23 km) away from Strawberry Studios where the album was recorded.

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TitleJoy Division: 40 years on from ‘Unknown Pleasures’, astronomers have revisited the pulsar from the iconic album cover
Media name/outletThe Conversation
Media typeWeb
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Date11/07/19
DescriptionThe English rock band Joy Division released their debut studio album “Unknown Pleasures” 40 years ago. The front cover doesn’t feature any words, only a now iconic black and white data graph showing 80 wiggly lines representing a signal from a pulsar in space. To mark the anniversary of the album, we recorded a signal from the same pulsar with a radio telescope in Jodrell Bank Observatory, only 14 miles (23 km) away from Strawberry Studios where the album was recorded.
URLhttps://theconversation.com/joy-division-40-years-on-from-unknown-pleasures-astronomers-have-revisited-the-pulsar-from-the-iconic-album-cover-119861
PersonsPatrick Weltevrede