NASA scientists were able to record sounds in space, and the recordings will bring chills down your spine.
We spent years in believing that there’s no sound in the space. It turns out we were taught wrong. Sound exists and it comes in the form of electromagnetic vibrations. Of course, you will be able to hear these sounds only if you have the right equipment. NASA scientists with the Van Allen Probes recorded the sounds.
The group of experts used the “Waves instrument” of the Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science project or EMFISIS. EMFISIS is actually an instrument suite on the Van Allen Probes. It catches both electric and magnetic waves.
“It probes them with a trio of electric sensors as well as three search coil magnetometers, which look for changes in the magnetic field. All instruments were specifically designed to be highly sensitive while using the least amount of power possible.”
Scientists wanted to catch the waves because that was one of the ways to understand space and its mysterious ways.
“These plasma waves knock about high-energy electrons speeding around Earth. Some of those freed electrons spiral earthward, where they interact with our upper atmosphere, causing auroras, though others can pose a danger to spacecraft or telecommunications, which can be damaged by their powerful radiation.”
Here’s how NASA described the sounds:
Juno catches the “Roar” of Jupiter: “NASA’s Juno spacecraft has crossed the boundary of Jupiter’s immense magnetic field. Juno’s Waves instrument recorded the encounter with the bow shock over the course of about two hours on June 24th, 2016.”
Plasma Waves: “Plasma waves, like the roaring ocean surf, create a rhythmic cacophony that, with the EMFISIS instrument aboard NASA’s Van Allen Probes, we can hear across space.”
Sounds of a Comet Encounter: “During its February 14th, 2011, flyby of comet Tempel 1, an instrument on the protective shield on NASA’s Stardust spacecraft was pelted by dust particles and small rocks, as can be heard in this audio track.”
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Image credit: NASA