fifty years ago today, astronomers working at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory in Cambridge discovered an unusual signal coming from deep space: a steady, rhythmic pulse unlike anything seen before. the radio signal, which repeated every 1.33 seconds, seemly oddly unnatural and was soon nicknamed LGM-1 for “Little Green Men” by its discoverers, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish, who briefly considered but then ruled out the possibility it had originated from some far-off extraterrestrial civilisation
in fact, they had discovered the first pulsar – a breed of highly magnetised, rotating stars that emit narrow beams of energy, like a lighthouses. CP 1919, later designated PSR B1919+21, became even more famous in 1979 when designer Peter Saville used a graph of the famous signal to create one of the most iconic album covers of all time: the jagged black and white mountainscape of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures.
(Neulich ist mir meine sauteure Erstpressung aus dem geriffelten Sleeve in der Holzkiste gefallen, außer bäm is aber nichts passiert, also verratet's niemanden bitte danke.)