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Here's what a supermassive black hole sounds like

May 14, 2022 | Comment icon 16 comments

Image Credit: Bronzwaer/Davelaar/Moscibrodzka/Falcke/Radboud University
Scientists have produced an audio clip from acoustic waves propagating through the gas around a supermassive black hole.
The eerie audio, which originates from a black hole 250 million light-years away, was produced through a process known as sonification which involves turning data into sound.

While the actual sound would be inaudible to human ears due to its super low pitch, the clip has been enhanced by bringing the notes up several dozen octaves so that it is possible to hear them.

The resulting audio is undeniably eerie - a sort of otherworldly howling that's difficult to describe.

You can check out the clip for yourself in the video below.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (16)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by jethrofloyd 14 days ago
This sounds like something Mike Oldfield wrote and composed.
Comment icon #8 Posted by jethrofloyd 14 days ago
The real black hole sound!  
Comment icon #9 Posted by newbloodmoon 13 days ago
I’m glad I decided to not point out the childish fart noise that a black hole would make… golly gosh darn, looks like I did. Sorry 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Manwon Lender 12 days ago
Thanks for the laugh my friend, give them all hell. Best wishes Joc, hope all is well!
Comment icon #11 Posted by locomekipkachelfantje 12 days ago
Next they'll announce that they've also detected an odd smell emitting from the hole.
Comment icon #12 Posted by jmccr8 12 days ago
Hi Manwon Good to see you back again.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Manwon Lender 12 days ago
Thanks, but my stay will be short lived my friend. Best wishes, hope you and yours are well!
Comment icon #14 Posted by susieice 12 days ago
Good to see you again Manwon. Hope all is well with you and yours.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Manwon Lender 12 days ago
Thank you Susie, but this will be short lived. Everything is fine, I have just been dealing with life. Hope you and yours are also well, thanks for your comments!
Comment icon #16 Posted by 95-Nasty 3 days ago
I might be missing the point, but i didn't think you could hear sounds in space, i thought soundwaves didn't travel through space.

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