Sup Travellers?! I'm sure that most of you have already heard the news about the European Space Agency landing a small space probe on a comet hurdling through space at tens of thousands of miles per hour.
It was really big news all around the world but I didn't bother to write about it on my blog because ---WHOOPTY DOO!!!
However, I'm now a bit more fascinated by the accomplishment after hearing the sounds recorded on it by the space probe.
Now before you get your pannies all up in a bunch the whole idea of sound not being able to travel in space is still true but Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) picked up variations in the magnetic field around the comet, due to interactions between 67P/C-G’s coma and the plasma from the Sun, better known as solar wind. These variations resulted in frequencies between 40 to 50 millihertz, about 10,000 times lower than can be detected by humans.
ESA scientists altered the frequency of the comet’s song into human hearing range, and discovered it was a series of clicks that are very reminiscent of Predator’s growl.
There are obviously no predators on the comet and it is hardly likely that there can be any form of life but the source of the sound is still a big mystery.
"This is exciting because it is completely new to us. We did not expect this and we are still working to understand the physics of what is happening," RPC principal investigator Karl-Heinz Glaßmeier said in a press release.
I don't know what is causing the sounds but I think we'll find out soon enough. Humans are smart. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.