Jupiter’s Massive Beats
NASA’s Juno spacecraft went into Jupiter’s massive magnetic field on June 24, 2016 and recorded the experience. Scientists converted the radio waves into sound waves. Listen to NASA’s “Sounds of Space” with lightning on Jupiter and starlight percussion heard on a galactic journey through space. The plasma waves sound similar to ocean waves crashing on our planet’s shores. Other particles hitting the instruments sound like strange crackles, whorls and snarls.
Sounds of Saturn
Saturn seems to produce the most sound of any planet in our solar system, most likely caused by its massive rings and many moons. As these planetary objects float in their repeating pattern, their gravitational pulls create rhythms that can then be converted into musical harmony.
‘Wherever there is resonance there is music, and no other place in the solar system is more packed with resonances than Saturn,’ said astrophysicist Matt Russo, a postdoctoral researcher at the CITA in the Faculty of Arts and Science at U of T.
NASA’s SoundCloud playlist also includes sounds of Saturn’s moons and rings that astrophysicists converted into music. Before the Cassini probe observing Saturn crashed into the gaseous planet, completing it’s 7-year mission, it also discovered some new faint rings of Saturn that added to the unusual sounds emanating from the planet. For some reason, NASA was expecting the gap between the rings and the planet would have lots of dust and debris but, to their surprise, Cassini only encountered a few particles as it crossed the gap and nothing larger than what we find in smoke (about 1 micron across).
In honor to the historic Cassini mission, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) researchers composed two pieces of music based on Saturn’s moons and rings.