Everything I thought I knew about space I pretty much learned from Star Trek and Star Wars. Of course, I was a little kid, and not very smart, so I assumed there were explosions and sound and aliens and spaceships.
Truth is, I still believe there are aliens and spaceships, but sadly, there are no explosions and no sound. I guess when the Death Star got blown up it just kind of quietly went dark and disappeared. Thank goodness, can’t be having a Death Star out there.
Science and technology have taken huge strides in the last several decades, especially in terms of deep space observation. The Hubble Telescope, and more recently the James Webb Telescope have helped us look backwards into time and the infancy of the universe.
While we are still largely clueless about what’s going on up there, NASA recently blew all of our minds and dispelled a long-held belief on what space actually sounds or doesn’t sound like. Check this out from Science Alert:
NASA has released a haunting audio clip of sound waves rippling out of a supermassive black hole, located 250 million light-years away.
The black hole is at the center of the Perseus cluster of galaxies, and the acoustic waves coming from it have been transposed up 57 and 58 octaves so they’re audible to human hearing.