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Disproving the popular belief that there is no sound in outer space, the US space agency NASA released an audio clip of black hole sound waves on Monday. NASA Exoplanets shared an audio clip on Twitter. According to reports, the black hole from where the sound waves were recorded lies 200 light-years away in the Perseus galaxy cluster. For the uninitiated, black holes are extremely dense objects with excessive gravity that don’t even leave a vacuum for light to pass through. In the post that carried the audio clip, NASA also explained how sound travels in a vacuum without any surface.
“The misconception that there is no sound in space comes from the fact that most of space is a vacuum that does not allow sound waves to propagate. The galaxy cluster has so much gas that we picked up a real sound. Here it is amplified and mixed with other data to hear the black hole!” NASA described the sound.
The misconception that there is no sound in space originates because most space is a ~vacuum, providing no way for sound waves to travel. A galaxy cluster has so much gas that we’ve picked up actual sound. Here it’s amplified, and mixed with other data, to hear a black hole! pic.twitter.com/RobcZs7F9e
— NASA Exoplanets (@NASAExoplanets) August 21, 2022
If you hear the sound, the sound resembles rumbling and moaning, but it’s actually pressure waves rippling through hot gas. An eerie, scary and mysterious sound is often heard in science fiction movies when traveling through space.
The audio comes from data captured by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the recording was originally released in May of this year.
Last month, astronomers spotted a dormant black hole in a galaxy neighboring our Milky Way. They said it appears to have been born without the explosion of a dying star.
The audio stems from the data captured by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the recording was originally released back in May this year.
Last month, astronomers spotted a dormant black hole in a galaxy adjacent to our Milky Way. They said it appears to have been born without the explosion of a dying star.