NASA releases eerie audio recording of black hole, listen to it here- Technology News, Firstpost
FP trend07 May 2022 12:55:47 IST
NASA scientists have released an eerie, Hans Zimmer-esque audio from a radar that has picked up sounds from a black hole at the center of the Perseus galaxy. The actual sound waves were discovered in data collected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory and converted from astronomical data into human audible sound. The release coincides with Black Hole Week.
Astronomers found that ripples in the hot gas surrounding Perseus’ black hole could be converted into sound.
Listen to the audio clip here:
NASA stated that it was a popular misconception that “there is no sound in space” because most of space is a vacuum, leaving no medium for sound waves to travel. The space agency further explained that galaxy clusters are made up of large amounts of gas that envelop the hundreds and even thousands of galaxies, providing a medium for the sound waves to travel.
According to Sky News, this sonification differs from previous attempts where astronomical data was simply converted into an aural form with various instruments. This time, the agency has resynthesized the sound waves to accommodate the range of human hearing, scaling them 57 and 58 octaves above their actual pitch. But these sounds were not played with violins or other instruments.
The audio sounds hauntingly like a score by noted composer Hans Zimmer, who provided the soundtrack for sci-fi hits like Blade Runner 2049 and Interstellar.
These sonifications, which were led by the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC), were part of NASA’s Universe of Learning (UoL) program with support from the Goddard Space Flight Center/Hubble Space Telescope. The collaboration was led by visualization scientist Kimberly Arcand (CXC), musician Andrew Santaguida and astrophysicist Matt Russo (both of the SYSTEMS Sound project). The Chandra program is handled by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
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