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NASA releases eerie playlist of spellbinding space sounds

01 November 2017

Contrary to the popular notion, the outer space does not have sound, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA just proved the contrary as it recently released a compilation of creepy radio recordings from space dating back to 1996, just "in time for Halloween". These can be converted to sound waves, and the results are quite eerie.

NASA has released recorded "space sounds" sourced from our solar system and they are spooky to say the least. Tracks on the SoundCloud playlist, like the "Roar" of Jupiter, were captured when NASA's Juno spacecraft "crossed the boundary of Jupiter's huge magnetic field", NASA's statement said. Halloween or Hallowe'en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31st October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.

"Scientists sometimes translate radio signals into sound to better understand the signals".

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The sounds are spooky, but that's not all that makes them worthy of a listen.

When Juno entered Jupiter's orbit previous year, the planet's magnetic field collided with the solar wind (charged particles released by the sun). Saturn's radio waves, captured by Cassini are "closely related" to the auroras on the planet's poles. These auroras are similar to Earth's northern and southern lights. Each track has been created by converting the data from various space probes and instruments into audible sound waves.

NASA even managed to capture radio waves closer to home, from the Earth's own atmosphere, that remarkably sound like birds chirping in a rainforest. This approach is called "data sonification". The track titled "Beware of Jupiter's Largest Moon Ganymede" on NASA's new spooky playlist features a strong burst of noise, marking the satellites' entrance into the moon's magnetosphere, and the high pitch of the track resembles the audio from an interstellar video game. In fact, the sounds were produced as Stardust, a NASA spacecraft, was hit by multiple particles of dust as the comet passed by it.

NASA releases eerie playlist of spellbinding space sounds