Listen to the spooky sound radiating from the gaps in Saturn's rings
Space is kind of a spooky place. Aside from the fact that it's ever-expanding and — as we know it — devoid of any other life form, it's also pretty quiet. But get up close and personal with a planet, and you're in for an earful.
Need some perspective? Here's a peek at what it would sound like to spin past Jupiter:
The sound heard while passing through Saturn's rings has been recorded before, but NASA's Cassini space craft recently collected some audio on what the gap between the planet and its rings sounds like. The result was a little unexpected:
The relative silence proves that there isn't much dust floating between the two entities, which came as a bit of a surprise to scientists. This audio was collected during the craft's first dive into the negative space — known to researchers as "The Big Empty" — one in a series of explorations that's being called Grand Finale. This is the first time a craft has been in this area of the planet.
To put it into perspective, according to the NASA blog, the craft encountered hundreds of ring particles per second as it passed through the region just outside Saturn's main rings.
Here's what it sounds like when a craft travels through one of the rings located farther away from the planet (hat tip to Popular Science for digging this up):
One thing's for sure: If you're looking for background music for your haunted house this Halloween, I think you've found it.