A few years back, Stanford scientist Dr. Alexander Kosovichev and his gang of space junkies recorded something that had never been heard before: the sound of the sun. What they found was that our shiny deity hums in D#.
What’s more, the sun’s magnetic fields cause the sound waves to oscillate in a sound pattern reminiscent of a plucked acoustic guitar string. Yes, our sun is a rock star. And hoi polloi Euro-electronica bands have already crafted entire libraries of made-for-yoga soundtracks to capitalize on that.
But don’t go pointing your microphones at the sky just yet; we can’t hear the sun from Earth.
Hellish explosions in the sun’s interior reverberate throughout our star at an incredible 3 MHz – far below anything our puny human ears can acknowledge. Not to mention, those sound waves have to travel through the 93,000,000-mile black void that lies between us and the sun. Simply put, you ain’t never gonna hear the sun using that old SM57.
Luckily, Dr. Kosovichev had the multi-million dollar space gizmos one would need to hear what’s been dubbed “the sun’s song.” He recorded 40 days worth of the 3 MHz sound waves and speed them up by a factor of 42,000. The result is a highly emotional 30-second clip of the sun singing at 300 Hz – a note slightly above D4.
If you’ve never heard the sun, be prepared for a moment of existential crisis, palpitating musical inspiration and a newfound respect for the D chord.
Sound of the Sun:
To hear more recordings of the sun or to find more information on the discoveries made by Dr. Alexander Kosovichev and his team, visit the official website here.