Listen to the Spooky Sounds of Space Thanks to NASA
The truth is out there - and it's terrifying.
'Tis the season for horror movie themes and "Monster Mash," but NASA's just released audio that will send chills down your spine far scarier than any creature feature.
Today, NASA shared a 22-track Soundcloud playlist called "Spooky Sounds From Across the Solar System," and it's exactly as spooky as the name suggests.
Using the instrumentation on various spacecraft, the agency recorded radio emissions, bow shocks, and dust particles during flybys. Some of the recordings were presented as-is, but in some cases, the radio waves were converted into sound waves, which are the creepy sounds you hear in the tracks.
Most of the track titles are self-explanatory, but for each NASA provides a brief description of where and how the sound was recorded.
"Juno: Crossing Jupiter's Bow Shock," which was first posted to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab site in 2016, is the sound of the Juno spacecraft crossing into Jupiter's magnetic field. The bow shock, defined as where supersonic solar wind is heated and slowed by Jupiter's magnetosphere, is said to be analogous to a sonic boom on Earth.
"The solar wind blows past all the planets at a speed of about a million miles per hour, and where it hits an obstacle, there's all this turbulence," said William Kurth, lead co-investigator of the Juno Waves Investigation.
Other highlights of the playlist include a "Plasmaspheric Hiss" from NASA's Polar Mission and "Whistler Waves," which was recorded by the EMFISIS instrument on the Van Allen Probes.
"Plasmaspheric Hiss" is kind of Darth Vader-esque, while "Whistler Waves" feels like something featured on a 1950s sci-fi radio program.
The sounds in NASA's playlist are shared under a Creative Commons license. Listeners are free to copy and share them or to transform them to suit their eeriest desires.
The playlist won't inspire the same sense of dread and queasiness of a screeching violin or dissonant piano chords, but it should still convince you that there's some very real darkness hiding out there in cosmos.