Asset Publisher

The 'singing comet' 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The 'singing comet' 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Date: 10 November 2014
Satellite: Rosetta
Copyright: See below

Rosetta's Plasma Consortium (RPC) has uncovered a mysterious 'song' that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space. The comet seems to be emitting a 'song' in the form of oscillations in the magnetic field in the comet's environment. It is being sung at 40-50 millihertz, far below human hearing, which typically picks up sound between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. To make the music audible to the human ear, the frequencies have been increased by a factor of about 10 000. The resulting recording can be downloaded here.


Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

Original RPC data credit: ESA/Rosetta/RPC/RPC-MAG. This sonification of the RPC-Mag data was compiled by German composer Manuel Senfft (

Usage: The audio file is copyright protected and is NOT available under any CC licensing. It may be used only for non-profit, education or personal use. For any other use, please contact Rosetta RPC-MAG via

Last Update: 1 September 2019
27-May-2024 20:10 UT

ShortUrl Portlet

Shortcut URL

Also Available As

Related Images

Related Videos

Related Publications

Related Links

See Also


Further Readings