NASA releases playlist of spooky space sounds for Halloween


"In time for Halloween, we've put together a compilation of elusive "sounds" of howling planets and whistling helium that is sure to make your skin crawl". Space sounds are definitely spooky, but a busted speaker would be much more frightening.

The auroras seen at Saturn are similar to Earth's northern and southern lights and occur when solar wind material interacts with the planet's atmosphere and magnetic field. The spacecraft has crossed the boundary of Jupiter's huge magnetic field, recording the encounter with the bow shock over the course of about two hours on June 24, 2016.

"We're closing in fast on the planet itself and already gaining valuable data".

When you think of spooky sounds, moaning, cackling and evil laughs might come to mind, but what about screeching sounds from space?

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Another sound resembling "roaring ocean surf" - the Plasma waves, was recorded with the EMFISIS instrument aboard NASA's Van Allen Probes.

Meanwhile, Saturn, which according to Nasa is "a source of intense radio emissions" appeared to produce a spooky version of Star Trek-like sound effects.

Scientists sometimes translate radio signals into sound to better understand the signals and they have done so in case of Jupiter. In 1996, NASA's Galileo spacecraft made the first flyby of Ganymede, capturing radio signals from the moon's magnetosphere using the probe's Plasma Wave Experiment instrument. This process is known as "data sonification". A personal favorite is track number 17, "Radar Echos from Titan's Surface", which sounds like a cross between an 8-bit arcade game and a dirt bike. In fact, the sounds were produced as Stardust, a NASA spacecraft, was hit by multiple particles of dust as the comet passed by it.