"Sounds" of outer space near Jupiter now online
17 December 2000NASA's Cassini spacecraft, approaching Jupiter, is detecting waves inthe thin gas of charged particles that fills the space between the Sunand its planets. The waves are in low radio frequencies, which have beenconverted to sound waves to make the patterns audible.
A brief audio clip is available at:
The audio clip comes from waves that were detected by Cassini on Dec. 8, at a distance of about 23 million kilometers (14 million miles) from Jupiter. They are likely to have derived from an interaction of the magnetic field that surrounds Jupiter and the solar wind of particles speeding away from the Sun, said Cassini science team member Dr. William Kurth of the University of Iowa, Iowa City.