The Celestial Series

Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another.

– Plato

Introducing The Celestial Series: your musical guide to the galaxy in the form of a ten minute podcast. The philosophy of the series is simple: the art of music can function as a vehicle to understand and appreciate the science of astronomy.

Throughout the history of music, the celestial sphere has inspired countless songwriters and composers from Gustav Holst to Jimi Hendrix. The boundless nature of the universe beautifully reflects the varying genres that we see in music from the past to the present. The study of space evokes everything from classical orchestral works to synthetic pop anthems or ethereal ambient poems.


Written, recorded and edited by CJ McGillivray with voice over by Sharon, part of the new wave of natural voice readers from Acapela. Created in association with Langara College as part of Astronomy 3310: Exploring the Universe I: The Night Sky and Solar System with instructor Tyron Tsui.



  • Journey of the Sorcerer by The Eagles
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Joby Talbot
  • The Planets, Op. 32: III. Mercury
  • The Winged Messenger by Gustav Holst
  • Transit of Venus by Nancy Bloomer Deussen
  • Ancient Mars by The Zolas
  • Drops of Jupiter by Train
  • Saturn Rings by Electrocute
  • Valleys of Neptune by Jimi Hendrix
  • Uranus by Sleeping at Last
  • Ether by We Are All Astronauts