Here’s something you don’t hear everyday. This video presents NASA Space Sounds, giving you an idea of what different objects in our solar system might sound like, if you could hear them. More specifically, it’s a translation of electromagnetic vibrations from various planetary environments into sound.
The recordings were made in the vicinity of Earth, Jupiter, Jupiter’s moon Io, Saturn, Saturn’s rings, Uranus, Uranus’ moon Miranda, Uranus’ rings and Neptune. Eerie, right? Hope you enjoy!
So what are these sounds again? Some spacecraft have instruments capable of capturing radio emissions. What you’re hearing are the result of scientists’ conversion of these radio emissions to sound waves. Instruments on NASA’s Voyager, INJUN 1, ISEE 1 and HAWKEYE space probes were used to record the vibrations of different objects in our solar system. Says NASA:
The recorded sounds are the complex interactions of charged electromagnetic particles from the solar wind, ionisphere, and planetary magnetosphere.
This video – though an oldie (from 2010) – is pretty cool.
For live 24-hour sound from space, visit Radio Astronomy’s page.
Bottom line: A 2010 video presenting NASA Space Sounds: what happens when spacecraft are used to record radio emissions, which are then converted to sound waves.
Emily Howard, Producer and On-Air Host, helps create EarthSky audio and video science products in English and Spanish. You might hear her voice on an EarthSky 90-second podcast, or on EarthSky 22, your weekly 22 minutes of science and music from Austin, Texas. Emily oversees the scheduling and production of EarthSky en Español’s audio, video, and online content. She is responsible for setting and enforcing deadlines, and reporting on product development. Emily graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a major in History (focus on Latin American Studies) and a minor in Spanish. She further cultivated her Spanish skills while living abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, and traveling extensively throughout South America, Mexico and Spain.