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'Singing' Comet Found

Sounds from Space Discovered!
Sounds from Space Discovered!
Yesterday's successful mission to land an unmanned lander on a comet 510million km from Earth has yielded some surprise results.

Taken from the European Space Agency's SoundCloud, you can hear the noises that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko produces due to oscillations in the magnetic field and the comet's environment.

The sounds recorded by unwitting scientists have been increased in frequency 10,000 times to make them audible to human ears. They're being produced by the comet at 40-50 millihertz.

Scientists at the Braunschweig University of Technology have explained that the theory behind the sound is that high-energy particles are colliding with neutral particles, although "the precise physical mechanism behind the oscillations remains a mystery, " says the Head of Space Physics and Space Sensorics.

As well as The ESA SoundCloud, check out NASA's offerings from space!

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By Alice Thomson

Posted on 13 Nov 2014 15:45 to category : Music News

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