NASA revealed what a black hole sounds like, and it seems as if it was taken straight from the horror movies. These cosmic monsters are known for their “evil” and rebellious nature, as they can absorb anything that gets too close and can even defy the laws of physics in several ways.
But not many people know that black holes can sound bone-chilling as well, and NASA is there once again to prove it. It captured the terrifying sound generated by a black hole located at the heart of the Perseus galaxy cluster, according to HuffPost.
Sound usually cannot travel in space
Since there’s usually no air in space, sound waves cannot move from one point to another. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no sound in space.
The Twitter account responsible for posting the audio file of the black hole said:
The misconception that there is no sound in space originates because most space is a ~vacuum, providing no way for sound waves to travel. A galaxy cluster has so much gas that we’ve picked up actual sound.
The misconception that there is no sound in space originates because most space is a ~vacuum, providing no way for sound waves to travel. A galaxy cluster has so much gas that we've picked up actual sound. Here it's amplified, and mixed with other data, to hear a black hole! pic.twitter.com/RobcZs7F9e
— NASA Exoplanets (@NASAExoplanets) August 21, 2022
NASA said that it was not “intentionally made ominous, but the sound you hear is amplified a lot, and other sounds are interpreted from light data,” as HuffPost quotes. The same publication reveals that the space agency said:
One of the motivations to create such data sonifications is the desire to share the science with more people.
The Perseus cluster is located roughly 240 million light-years away from Earth. It’s a cluster of galaxies located in the Perseus constellation, to be more precise. A number of 29 dwarf elliptical galaxies were discovered in the Perseus Cluster thanks to the Advanced Camera for Surveys of the Hubble telescope.