40 years later, astronomers revisit the pulsar from ‘Unknown Pleasures’




The English rock band Joy Division released their debut studio album “Unknown Pleasuresâ€� 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. Peter Saville – graphic designer and co-founder of Factory Records – designed the album cover based on a picture…

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