NASA releases audio of what space actually sounds like… and it's terrifying

James Marshall
October 30, 2017

As people on Earth prepare to pay homage to ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night, NASA has released hair-raising sounds from beyond the atmosphere that were gathered on the space agency's missions.

Most of the tracks include sounds from NASA's missions over the years to Jupiter and Saturn along with Juno, NASA's space probe.

From cacophonic plasma waves to eerie Saturn radio emissions and whispers caught off Jupiter's moons, this playlist of space sounds is weird, beautiful, and a little unpleasant at times.

Instead, it's the output of data from when astronomers convert the readings captured by various space probes and instruments into audible sound waves.

Another one comes from NASA's Van Allen Probes using the EMFISIS instrument which recorded the nearly rhythmic radio emissions that sound like the roaring ocean.

The compilation includes the "Roar" of Jupiter captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft that has crossed the boundary of Jupiter's huge magnetic field. The radio waves from Saturn are closely related to the auroras near the poles of the planet.

So while they sound alarming, they're not "sounds" in the traditional sense, but audio representations of radio waves from "roaring" planets to whistling helium.

This dates from Valentine's Day 2011 when Nasa's stardust spacecraft completed a fly-by of comet Tempel 1. During its February 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.

Whistler Waves sound like a ready-made alien shooting scene in a video game.

He likened the aroma to "burning metal or welding, or maybe a sparkler you might use on a holiday".

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