If you find your old Halloween playlist a bit insipid, NASA has got your back. The agency just released a compilation of spooky sounds from the void of space to make your Halloween a bit scary.
Trick or treat from the other worlds
For the people living in the Earth, space is definitely silent. It’s because, amongst other sounds that live out there, it’s impossible for the human ear to catch the electromagnetic pulses and radio bursts. However, it’s possible now thanks to NASA for changing these raw radial emissions it connected into an audible format so that we could hear.
Named “Spooky Sounds from Across the Solar System,” the playlist contains 22 eerie sounds from space, starting from “Stardust,” which actually sounds like stardust falling, to “Beware of Jupiter’s Largest Moon Ganymede,” which sounds like a sci-fi movie plot. Also, the playlist includes sounds like plasma waves, radar echoes, and howls from outer space, which will surely spook up your Halloween party.
In a press release, NASA explained the science behind some of its spooky music:
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 24, 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.
Saturn’s Radio Emissions: Saturn is a source of intense radio emissions, which were monitored by the Cassini spacecraft. The radio waves are closely related to the auroras near the poles of the planet. These auroras are similar to Earth’s northern and southern lights. More of Saturn’s eerie-sounding radio emissions.
Sounds of Jupiter: Scientists sometimes translate radio signals into sound to better understand the signals. This approach is called “data sonification”. On June 27, 1996, the Galileo spacecraft made the first flyby of Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, and this audio track represents data from Galileo’s Plasma Wave Experiment instrument.
Sounds of a Comet Encounter: During its Feb. 14, 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.
Whether you consider it as a trick or treat from NASA, this playlist will surely make your skin crawl.