Scientists Record Otherworldly Music During a Solar Storm

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Scientists with the European Space Agency (ESA) have recorded the electromagnetic interaction of a solar storm with Earth’s atmosphere and converted that to audio.

The ESA maintains a cluster of four satellites, known as Cluster, which monitor the Earth’s interactions with the solar wind as it hits the atmosphere. The team was lead by Lucile Turc who is now at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Image showing solar wind along the solar plane.

As the Earth rotates, one side is exposed directly to the solar winds and this is known as the foreshock region. That is where the brunt of interactions happen. Cluster was able to record six passes through the foreshock region.

According to the team:

Our study reveals that solar storms profoundly modify the foreshock region. It’s like the storm is changing the tuning of the foreshock.

Lucile Turc – University of Finland

By converting the electromagnetic data to audio, it allows us to hear the changes of the solar wind, almost the way we would hear real wind change during a storm.

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Source: Yahoo! News

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