NASA is getting in on the Halloween fun by releasing some "spooky" sounds from outer space.
Hope you’re ready to get seriously spooked this Halloween by the mysteries of outer space, as NASA has released a playlist of some of the eerie sounds that the universe has to offer. The space agency selected sounds that were collected by satellites as they have traveled throughout the universe, including missions to Jupiter, Saturn, and elsewhere.
Obviously, the vacuum of space keeps us from hearing sound waves in the traditional sense, the spacecraft have instruments that can capture readio emissions from all across the universe, which can be converted into sound waves. Hence, why NASA titled its press release “Spooky Space ‘Sounds,'” with sounds in quotation marks.
But that doesn’t make them any less cool. One of the sounds is the “roar” of Jupiter that NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured as it entered the powerful magnetosphere of the gas giant. The sound comes from the”bow shock” that is formed by the collision of stellar wind and the magnetosphere. You can watch a video with the sounds embedded at the bottom of this post.
“Soaring to the depths of our universe, gallant spacecraft roam the cosmos, snapping images of celestial wonders. Some spacecraft have instruments capable of capturing radio emissions,” NASA said in a statement. “When scientists convert these to sound waves, the results are eerie to hear. In time for Halloween, we’ve put together a compilation of elusive “sounds” of howling planets and whistling helium that is sure to make your skin crawl.”