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'Alien sounds' recorded in the stratosphere

May 5, 2015 | Comment icon 21 comments



The balloon recorded the sounds at a height of 22 miles. Image Credit: NASA / Paul A. Newman
A NASA balloon experiment has picked up sounds that wouldn't seem out of place in an X-Files episode.
The eerie sounds were recorded using infrasound microphones attached to a helium balloon that was launched to a height of 22 miles above the Earth's surface.

The audio, which consists of a series of hisses and crackles, could have originated from a number of sources with possibilities including wind turbulence, gravity waves or cable vibrations.

Many of the sounds had never been heard or recorded before.
"There haven't been acoustic recordings in the stratosphere for 50 years," said graduate student Daniel Bowman who designed and constructed the equipment. "Surely, if we place instruments up there, we will find things we haven't seen before."

Infrasound is something that travels very long distances with natural phenomena such as lightning storms, earthquakes, avalanches and volcanoes all producing infrasound sound waves.

There have even been talks of sending infrasound recording equipment to other planets such as Mars in an effort to pick up anomalous weather events or geological disturbances.

Bowman's original audio recording of the strange sounds can be heard in the video below.



Source: Live Science | Comments (21)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by XenoFish 7 years ago
Just thought I'd fix that for you. Wait, what? It's recording?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Torviking 7 years ago
It's the sound of the apocalypse, help !,!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Scholar4Truth 7 years ago
Was it windy that day? possible wind.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Hawkin 7 years ago
Has a similar high pitch sound of wind when it blows through trees and other structures.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hammerclaw 7 years ago
Nothing strange in that recording. Over-hyped.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Mantis914 7 years ago
The Outer Limits...
Comment icon #18 Posted by Scholar4Truth 7 years ago
The twilight zone theme is playing
Comment icon #19 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 7 years ago
why not ? Why do people think we are the only ones out there ? If we are on earth there's life out in space for sure.so there will be sound You're so sure it's alien in origin? That their sounds traveled however far through a vacuum? You don't want to think that out and come up with something a bit more plausible first before jumping to the "aliens did it" conclusion?
Comment icon #20 Posted by MysticStrummer 7 years ago
You're so sure it's alien in origin? That their sounds traveled however far through a vacuum? You don't want to think that out and come up with something a bit more plausible first before jumping to the "aliens did it" conclusion? Two things... The person you replied to said "Why not?", they didn't say they were sure these sounds were alien in origin. Secondly, this was recorded at the "edge of space", so why must the sounds have traveled "however far through a vacuum"? Alien life, if it exists and can travel here somehow, could make detectable noise in our own atmosphere, yes? Slow down a bit... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 7 years ago
Two things... The person you replied to said "Why not?", they didn't say they were sure these sounds were alien in origin. And it's up to that poster to come in and respond to my questions. "Why not" is as much as a claim as anything else. Secondly, this was recorded at the "edge of space", so why must the sounds have traveled "however far through a vacuum"? Alien life, if it exists and can travel here somehow, could make detectable noise in our own atmosphere, yes? Then these "aliens" aren't in space, but in our atmosphere. Thus, the sounds aren't traveling through space, are they? And thus, ... [More]


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