NASA releases an audio recording of a black hole – and it sounds like a score by Hans Zimmer | Scientific and technical news



Scientists have released the eerie Hans Zimmer-like audio captured from a black hole at the center of the Perseus galaxy cluster.

The actual sound waves were discovered in data recorded by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and were translated from astronomical data into sounds audible to humans.

Astronomers have discovered for the first time that ripples in the hot gas surrounding Perseus’ black hole can be translated into sound.

NASA said it was a “common misconception that there is no sound in space” based on the fact that, as most of space is a vacuum, there is no medium for the sound waves to propagate.

Galaxy clusters have “large amounts of gas that shroud hundreds or even thousands of galaxies…providing a way for sound waves to travel,” the agency explained.

The so-called sonification differed from previous efforts which simply translated astronomical data into auditory form – with different instruments – but using the actual observed sound waves.

NASA explained that the sound waves were resynthesized within the range of human hearing by “scaling them up 57 and 58 octaves above their actual pitch”, but were not replayed using violins or other instruments.

The resulting audio sounds suspiciously like a score by Hans Zimmer, the composer who wrote the soundtracks to sci-fi hits including Blade Runner 2049 and Interstellar.

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