NASA releases playlist of spooky space sounds for Halloween

Nov 01, 2017, 00:38
NASA releases playlist of spooky space sounds for Halloween

When you start exploring the wonders and mysteries of the universe, you get to see some interesting things.

While it's true that humans aren't be able to hear sound in space, NASA scientists have converted radio emissions captured by its spacecrafts into sound waves - and the results are quite unsettling.

NASA revealed that the odd space sounds were captured as radiowaves, which have now been converted into sound waves of "howling planets" and whispering noises from distant stars. Spooky, one might say.

The sounds are spooky, but that's not all that makes them worthy of a listen. Juno's mission is to measure Jupiter's composition, gravity field, magnetic field, and polar magnetosphere, searching for clues into the planet's formation. NASA spacecraft also recorded the popping and crackling of being "pelted by dust particles and small rocks" while flying by a comet, the reverberating tones of crossing Jupiter's bow shock, the static fog of the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, and more.

"Plasma waves, like the roaring ocean surf, create a rhythmic cacophony that - with the EMFISIS instrument - we can hear across space", the statement read.

"Saturn is a source of intense radio emissions, which were monitored by the Cassini spacecraft", NASA said. That may very well be the case, but that doesn't mean space isn't filled with an abundance of odd sounds in the form of radio bursts, electromagnetic pulses, solar wind, charged particle bursts, and other celestial emissions.

Sounds of Jupiter: Scientists sometimes translate radio signals into sound to better understand the signals. This process is known as "data sonification". It has shared a SoundCloud playlist of creepy space sounds which include roughly 20 tracks.

Nasa's playlist provides an interesting insight into the little-known aspects of space, and you can probably play the spooky playlist while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters to bring in a fun intergalactic aspect into your Halloween celebrations.

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