Sunday, February 03, 2008

"Across the Universe" Beamed to Polaris!

Fittingly for an Aquarian whose has always felt like a starseed from a distant galaxy, I was excited to learn that on February 4, 2008 (my birthday), NASA will beam the Beatles' tune "Across The Universe" to Polaris, also known as the North Star, 431 light years away.

This is being done to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the song, the 45th anniversary of the Deep Space Network, and the 50th anniversary of NASA. The idea was hatched by Beatles' historian Martin Lewis, who encourages all Beatles fans to play the track as it's being beamed to the distant star at 7 pm EST in the US.

From now on, 2/4/08 will be known as "Across the Universe Day". The event marks the first time a radio song has been beamed into deep space, and was approved by Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, and Apple Records.

Cool, huh?

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