This Is The “Music” Of Our Sun That Can Help Scientists Learn More About Our Star’s Internal Activity


Now you can listen what the Sun sound like thanks to the NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and the ESA data to put the vibrations emitted by our solar system’s star into a soundtrack that resembles a chillout or meditation melody.

“Waves are traveling and bouncing around inside the Sun, and if your eyes were sensitive enough they could actually see this,” explained Alex Young, a researcher at the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

However, the SOHO’s MDI (Michelson Doppler Imager) data that was put into a soundtrack by the Stanford Experimental Physics Lab means more than only ambient music as the Sun’s vibrations permit the researchers to examine our star’s change movements accurately. In other words, it’s more like an auditory solar probe.

“We don’t have straightforward ways to look inside the Sun. We don’t have a microscope to zoom inside the Sun. So using the Sun’s vibrations allows us to see inside of it,” explained Young.

This is the “music” of our Sun

To put the Sun’s vibrations into a soundtrack audible to humans is challenging, but the Stanford University’s physicist Alexander Kosovichev managed to process the data gathered SOHO MDI (Michelson Doppler Imager) to produce a soundtrack that NASA can examine to learn more about our Sun’s internal activity.

The vibrations the scientists hear in the soundtrack are yielded by the complex movements that produce our star’s magnetic fields that, at their turn, generate the Sun’s spots that cause solar flares and coronal mass ejections.

“It almost has a warmth to it It’s just enough where I can almost feel the sound on my skin or on my clothes I imagine feeling the sun moving next to me,” stated Alex Young.

If you want to experience the Sun as you’ve never done before, plunge into the NASA’s Solarium interactive experience.


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