NASA's eerie space sounds should be the playlist for your Halloween party

NASA releases spooky “sounds” of “howling” space

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has a Halloween special for you: a compilation of elusive sounds of howling planets and whistling helium that the U.S. agency says "is sure to make your skin crawl".

Talking about their latest playlist, NASA said: "Soaring to the depths of our universe, gallant spacecraft roam from cosmos, snapping images of celestial wonders". These can be converted to sound waves, and the results are quite eerie. Over the years, NASA has recorded all kinds of sounds from outer space with its various probes and orbiters, and some of it is downright freaky.

Also included on the NASA soundtrack are sounds from Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede.

Although space lacks a proper medium that would allow sound waves to travel, meaning nobody can actually hear your screams, it is, however, neither "empty" or "silent".

One can hear the "howling planets and whistling helium that is sure to make your skin crawl", the note on the NASA website reads.




When Juno entered Jupiter's orbit past year, the planet's magnetic field collided with the solar wind (charged particles released by the sun).

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which recently ended its ended its epic 13-year stint at Saturn on September 15, also captured eerie-sounding radio emissions from the ringed planet.

From the eerie crackling sound of a comet encounter captured by the Stardust spacecraft to the rhythemic sound of plasma waves captured by the Van Allen Probes, some of the audio clips might as well have been sound effects from a horror movie. Saturn's radio waves, captured by Cassini are "closely related" to the auroras on the planet's poles.

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. This process is known as "data sonification". An instrument on its protective shield was pelted by about 5,000 dust particles and small rocks.

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