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NASA has captured the cosmic growlings of a black hole

The sound was recorded from the Perseus galaxy cluster that’s 11 million light years wide

  • Adrianna Cheung
  • 25 August 2022
NASA has captured the cosmic growlings of a black hole

Last year, we reported the release of Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001; an album by Belgian mathematician and electronic musician Valery Vermeulen along with the contribution of cosmologists Stephen Hawking, and Dr. Thomas Hertog. Using newly developed sonification techniques, they helped us to imagine what black holes sound like.

Now fast forward to 2022; last Sunday, NASA graced our ears with an audio clip that shows actual sound waves transmitted from the vast hole located at the center of the Perseus galaxy cluster. Bear in mind, this was captured in an area more than 200 million light years away from Earth.

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While some may claim that there’s no sound in space, the NASA team has made the sound audible to human ears by mixing it with “other data” and amplifying it. The also took to Twitter to note that the idea of no sound in space was a total misconception.

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Although the clip is only 30 seconds long, one can clearly hear that the black hole sounds like a grungy, ambient sample from deep space. Won’t be too surprised if we hear bits of its cosmic growlings resonate soon at club nights.

Adrianna Cheung is Mixmag Asia’s Culture Curator, follow her on Instagram.

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