Happy Halloween, everyone. If you were planning to spend this Halloween couched in your sofa and binge-watching scary movies, NASA has something a little different planned for you.
On the eve of Halloween, the space agency released a playlist of 22 sounds from outer space that, as written on its website, "is sure to make your skin crawl." The sounds are from different NASA missions to faraway planets, including Saturn and Jupiter and their moons. Although no sound waves can travel in the vacuum of space, NASA spacecraft have captured radio emissions emitting from celestial bodies. Then, back on earth, scientists converted these radio emissions into sound waves and released them for free to make your Halloween a little creepier!
"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. When scientists convert these to sound waves, the results are eerie to hear.Some of the spookier sounds captured by NASA is the "roar" created when its Juno spacecraft crossed the boundary of Jupiter's immense magnetic field, the sounds of plasma waves akin to a rhythmic cacophony, and the sounds captured by NASA's Kepler spacecraft as it went on its task of observing roughly 100,000 stars to monitor their activities, as reported by Space.com. Some sounds are truly chilling, almost to the point where you start wondering if they have been composed with an intention to spook the daylights out of us. So when you consider that these are unfiltered sounds emanating all the way in deep space, your Happy Halloween zest might just start to diminish, and you might begin feeling very lonely in the universe - and existential.
"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."
Some other particularly spooky sounds were recorded when a Galileo spacecraft made the first flyby of Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, or when an instrument on the protective shield on NASA's Stardust spacecraft was hammered with dust particles when passing a comet, or Saturn's eerie radio emissions, which are very creepy and seem straight out of the soundtrack from a scary Halloween movie. Except they aren't.
The sounds were uploaded on SoundCloud and you can listen to all 22 of them together this Halloween, or listen to the ones which most interest you. In any case, prepare to be freaked, and remember sometimes there are other things you can do than watching rehashed scary movies even from the comfort of your home.
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