Jupiter Gives Off Spooky Sounds in Time for Halloween
Haunting sounds have been recorded by a University of Iowa instrument on board NASA’s Juno spacecraft when it completed its first full orbit around Jupiter.
The target was the auroras of Jupiter. These lights were similar to Earth’s northern and southern lights but on a much larger scale. The UI instrument known as The Waves, captured the radio emissions from the aurora of Jupiter when Juno was about 2,600 miles above the gas giant. Sound files were converted from these emission recordings.
Jupiters emissions have been recorded and analyzed before, but this was back in the 1950s.
UI research scientist and Waves co-investigator reports that Jupiter is communicating in a manner that only gas-giant worlds are capable of. The Juno spacecraft detected the particles’ blueprint emissions that produce the massive auroras that encircle Jupiter’s north pole.
Team members of the UI Waves are researching on how ions and electrons are accelerated along Jupiter’s magnetic field lines, eventually colliding with the atmosphere to produce light bursts that come from auroras. The mechanism works by sampling plasma waves along various sections in the magnetic fields with each of its orbits around the planet.