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Here’s what a black hole sounds like, according to NASA. Yes, it’s ‘frightening’


NASA shared an audio clip on social media this week that allows you to “hear” a black hole.

The sound is, predictably, terrifying.

NASA Exoplanets, a team focused on planets and other information beyond our solar system, tweeted the 34-second clip on Sunday, saying there is a “misconception” that there is no sound in space.

However, they explained “A galaxy cluster contains so much gas that we have detected actual sound. It is amplified and mixed with other data in order to hear a black hole.”

You wouldn’t be able to hear what a black hole really sounds like. NASA first released the so-called “sonification” earlier this year, explaining that researchers have “associated” the Perseus galaxy cluster’s black hole with sound since 2003.

“This is because astronomers discovered that the black hole’s pressure waves caused ripples in the cluster’s hot gas, which could be translated into a note—one that humans cannot hear some 57 octaves below middle C,” NASA confirmed in a news release.

NASA added that the signals “are being heard 144 quadrillion and 288 quadrillion times higher than their original frequency.” That means the sound isn’t exactly what you’d hear if you were close to a black hole—or if humans were capable of hearing such sounds.

Perseus galaxy cluster is approximately 240 million light-years away from Earth.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the audio clip NASA tweeted this week had over 14 million views, with most social media users agreeing the audio is pretty creepy.

Others thought the solar sound was relatable or appropriate for Halloween.



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