I call it “The Voice of God.”

A dying star sings Researchers have found that, in a star’s final moment, just before exploding and spreading the antecedent elements of life it has spent its life creating, there is a massive, audible rush of sound, likely in the 200-400Hz range, which is approximately middle C. Or maybe F.

(Image is from the work of Burrows et al. (2006), Ap.J. in press.)

Being married to a musician, I hoped this might stir her interest a bit in my favorite pastime. It did!

Movies of this phenomena are here and here. (The latter link is an 80M file- broadband users only.)

Anyone who has seen the end of Kevin Smith’s Dogma will have a better idea why The Voice of God.

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