Friday, July 15, 2011

The Mystery: The Sounds of a Star

In today's post on The Mystery, I'm writing about the universe again, and this time because I simply couldn't resist talking about this little fun fact. Did you know that stars, such as Pulsars (or dying stars), make a kind of music?

Maybe I missed this course in college, but it was news to me. As I continue to work on this universe book project having to do with all these mind-bending and utterly fascinating parts of the universe, I came across this strange fact. And even better, I came across the soundtrack to go with it. Note: I will post more details about the book later when it hits shelves.

I also saw this highlighted on a recent episode of that wacky new science show Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, the other night. That show blows my mind, but it reminded me of this link below.

Click on the link and after you listen to some of these audio files, scroll down and check out the two files at the bottom of the linked page. There's actually some truly fascinating harmony in these "songs" from the Pulsars in 47 Tucanae.

Listen to the stars at this web site.



Alright, so if you've listened to them now, you know that the majority of these stars almost sound more like they are clicking or drumming, rather than singing, but still. Stars make sounds. How entirely radical is that?

3 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i dont know where i first learned this but it is really fascinating stuff...the sci fi geek in me is tripping out right now...smiles.

Vicky said...

That's really cool. I've just found your great blog! I watched a Ted Talk recently about the universe and it's drum beat. This science all ties in with ancient philosophical beliefs in 'Music Of The Spheres' or Musica Universalis.

Vicky said...

That's really cool. I've just found your great blog! I watched a Ted Talk recently about the universe and its drum beat. This science all ties in with ancient philosophical beliefs in 'Music Of The Spheres' or Musica Universalis.