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Lagrange Point

by Volker Lankow

Betelgeuse 07:02
Altais 08:41
Aldebaran 06:52


The first time I heard of the Lagrange Points was before the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was launched into space. I learned the following:.
"if you want a spacecraft to stick around your celestial neighborhood, there are only five places to consider. Lagrange points are locations in space where objects sent there tend to stay put. A French-Italian mathematician named Joseph-Louis Lagrange, born in 1736, mathematically hypothesized their existence during his study of planetary physics.
At Lagrange point 1, about 932,000 miles from Earth and toward the Sun, is SOHO, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Launched in 1995, SOHO was designed by NASA and the European Space Agency to study the Sun's effects on the Earth. Because the spacecraft is not orbiting the Earth, it enjoys an uninterrupted view of the Sun at all times and collects information about the solar wind an hour before it reaches the Earth.
Lagrange point 2 is located the same distance from the Earth as SOHO, but in the opposite direction. JWST will travel to this point.and will directly observe a part of space and time never seen before. JWST will gaze into the epoch when the very first stars and galaxies formed,over 13.5 billion years ago. Ultraviolet and visible light emitted by the very first luminous objects has been stretched or “redshifted” by the universe’s continual expansion and arrives today as infrared light. JWST is designed to “see” this infrared light with unprecedented resolution and sensitivity.
Lagrange point 3 is located directly behind the Sun. No NASA/ESA missions are planned here because of the difficulties involved in communicating with a spacecraft at this point.
Lagrange points 4 and 5 are positioned on the Earth's orbit, about 92 million miles in front of and behind the planet as it travels around the Sun. Astronomers have proven their existence by discovering large asteroids at the Lagrange points 4 and 5 of the Jupiter-Sun system", (NASA)
"With the launch of James-Webb-Space-Telescope we can looking forward to learn more about every phase of cosmic history—from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe". (NASA)

With all these impressions and a great fascination,in my mind I invite you to follow with me the long journey of the JWST to Lagrange Point 2.

I hope I can contribute with this music to your imaginations of the Cosmic History.


released January 10, 2022

All music constructed and produced by Volker Lankow.

Cover Photo: (NASA). This image, taken by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory at Lagrange point 1, shows the sun as seen through an extreme ultraviolet camera onboard.


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Volker Lankow Berlin, Germany

Percussionist since the late seventies, Volker Lankow lives in Berlin, plays and collaborates in many diverse projects, such as together with Bernhard Wöstheinrich, Wolfgang Spahn, David Rothenberg, to name a few.
Volker works on many Solo projects, using percussion instruments and electronics, to develop his own vison of experimental sounds, drones and world music.
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