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Listen to the “Music of the Spheres” and the Big Bang

August 17, 2006

Scientists have discovered that stars make sound, if only we could hear notes “50 octaves below middle A” (this according to NewScientist.com). Thankfully, while we won’t enjoy the full experience of such a primal roar, we can boost the frequencies into our hearing range, and the results are fascinating.

Let’s start at the beginning. The beginning.

Starting in 2003, stories began to circulate about what the Big Bang sounded like. Space.com ran this story, and New Scientist posted this story, reporting that “Mark Whittle of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville…has reconstructed the cosmic cacophony from data teased out over the past couple of years from the high-resolution mapping by NASA’s WMAP spacecraft of the cosmic microwave background radiation, the afterglow of the hot early Universe.”

Here is a version of Whittle’s sound, compressed to 5 seconds, and with the volume maintained at the same level throughout: (These sound files are 100K to 500K, so broadband will help, or lacking that, patience)

The First Million Years, as played by The Universe:

Professor Mark Whittle’s web site explains what he infers from this data, and has many more sounds to listen to.

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