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In Time for Halloween, NASA Releases Scary Moans and Whistles Coming From Space

The stars bid you Happy Halloween.
IMAGE NASA / Hubble Space Telescope
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The universe is a frightening thing. The sheer enormity of space and the endless blackness are enough to cause either an existential crisis or at least a few goosebumps. There’s nothing scarier than realizing your insignificance in the great cosmos.  

Or is there?

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Just in time for Halloween, NASA has just released a playlist of, get this, the sounds of the solar system. No, we’re not talking about aliens tittering or spaceships zooming by. We’re talking about sound waves bouncing off planets and even “marsquakes.”

Listen to recordings like “Jupiter’s Auroras,” “Cassiopeia A Blast Wave High Energy,” and “Galactic Sonifaction.”

It’s a collection of moans and whistles that belong in a horror film and not in our great galaxy. Is it the cosmos bemoaning our existence? The ancient universe airing its anger?

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Whatever it is, there’s no other way to describe it but as “unearthly.”

Undoubtedly creepy, yet also hauntingly beautiful, these sounds beg the question: While we’re looking at the stars, why didn’t we ever think that maybe someone, or something, was looking back?

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