The American space agency NASA has released the sound of a black hole, which can be heard by human ears. The black hole is 200 light-years away in the Perseus galaxy cluster, Mashable reports. Black holes are incredibly dense objects whose gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape. An audio of black hole sound was posted by NASA on its Twitter handle which also explains how sound travels in vacuum.
“The misconception that there is no sound in space arises because most of space is a vacuum, giving sound waves no path to travel. There is so much gas in galaxy clusters that we have picked up real sound. Here it is amplified and mixed. Other data, to listen to black holes ,” NASA said on its Twitter account dedicated to exoplanets.
The misconception that there is no sound in space arises because most of space is a ~vacuum, giving sound waves no way to travel. There’s so much gas in the galaxy cluster that we’ve picked up real noise. Here it is amplified and mixed with other data to listen to black holes! pic.twitter.com/RobcZs7F9e
— NASA Exoplanets (@NASAExoplanets) 21 August 2022
The sound of the clip is similar to A’s soundtrack stranger things part, but are actually pressure waves flowing through the hot gas. In sci-fi movies, scary, scary and mysterious sounds are heard during space travel.
The sound was created from data captured by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the recording was originally released back in May this year.
Last month, astronomers spotted a dormant black hole in a galaxy adjacent to our own galaxy. They said he was born without the explosion of a dead star.
Scientists say the large void found in the Tarantula Nebula region of the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy is different from all other known black holes because it is “X-ray silent” — not emitting the powerful X-ray radiation that would be indicative of humming nearby material. With its strong gravity – and it was not born in a stellar explosion called a supernova.
It is about 160,000 light years from Earth. A light year is the distance that light travels in one year, (which is approximately 9.5 trillion km).