Contrary to popular belief, sound does exist in space.
To clarify, it’s not sound as we know it (waves pulsing through the air), but electromagnetic waves that pulsate in similar wavelengths as the sound our ears hear.
Instruments on several NASA probes have recorded these waves and transferred them into a sound that translates to the human ear – and it’s just as spooky as any science fiction movie sound effect you’ve heard.
Here are some the sounds, as described by NASA:
Juno Captures 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.
You can hear the full audio over at SoundCloud. Check it out:
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