Lightyear.fm Shows How Far Fetty Wap Has Travelled Through Space
When a song gets played on the radio, its broadcasted waves leave Earth at the speed of light. As we go on with our Earthling lives, the waves continue to travel away from the planet and into galaxies far, far away.
This means that asteroid belts just past Jupiter are literally just now getting Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” while extraterrestrials 50 lightyears away are enjoying the Rolling Stones’ 1965 classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” for the first time.
In an interactive experience, Lightyear.fm allows you to virtually scroll through space to see how far some of the past century’s biggest hits have travelled.
The project was inspired by the opening scene of the 1997 sci-fi film Contact, and it compiles track listings from over 120 years of Billboard data.