Is there sound in space? New audio from NASA provides some insight – and the answers are heart-wrenching.
sound , Released May 4 is the black hole at the center of the Perseus Galaxy Group, which is a massive space structure that spans 11 million light-years and lies about 240 million light-years from Earth. Astronomers create the audible sound by recording pressure waves sent by the black hole through the cluster’s hot gas. In their original form, these waves cannot be heard by the human ear, so the scientists extracted the sound waves and increased them by 57 and 58 octaves, respectively.
“In some ways, this sonication is unlike anything that has been done before,” NASA said in a statement. “…[The sound waves] That sounds 144 quadrillion and 288 quadrillion times higher than the original frequency.”
Clashing with human frequencies, the sound of a black hole is almost like a terrifying ghost noodle or a deep-sea call from a century-long whale.
Although this space-specific sound is new, NASA has associated the Perseus galaxy cluster with the sound since 2003. Clusters of galaxies like Perseus are the largest gravity-bound objects in the universe containing hundreds of galaxies, enormous clouds of hot gas reaching over 180 million degrees Fahrenheit. and mysterious dark matter. All these substances create a medium for the transmission of sound waves.
In addition to sonicating Perseus, NASA scientists also sonicated another famous black hole located at Messier 87, or M87.
Unlike the Perseus black hole, this black hole has a much higher pitch, and can be described as ambient music with light chimes. The visualization of the sound released by NASA is absolutely stunning, as it contains a black hole scan taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, optical light from the Hubble Space Telescope and radio waves from the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile. It also contains an image of the location of the black hole and an image of the jet produced by the M87.
Audio and video files were released during NASA Black Hole Week from May 2-6. During that time, NASA released various visualizations and information about black holes as part of its “celebration of celestial bodies with gravity so strong that not even light can escape from it…”