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NASA's Halloween playlist will 'make your skin crawl'

NASA's Halloween playlist will 'make your skin crawl'

When you start exploring the wonders and mysteries of the universe, you get to see some interesting things.

The tracks span a huge chunk of NASA's history, including recordings from Jupiter, Saturn, and even sounds captured in free space by Voyager. "When scientists convert these to sound waves, the results are eerie to hear", NASA explained. Spooky, one might say.

The independent agency said it created the playlist to make listeners' "skin crawl" to keep with the spirit of Halloween.

When Juno entered Jupiter's orbit previous year, the planet's magnetic field collided with the solar wind (charged particles released by the sun). NASA spacecraft also recorded the popping and crackling of being "pelted by dust particles and small rocks" while flying by a comet, the reverberating tones of crossing Jupiter's bow shock, the static fog of the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, and more.

Plasma Waves: Plasma waves are interconnected sets of particles and fields propagating in a periodically repeating fashion.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which recently ended its ended its epic 13-year stint at Saturn on September 15, also captured eerie-sounding radio emissions from the ringed planet. These were captured by Cassini as it investigated the auroras on the Jupiter's poles. This process is known as "data sonification". On June 27, 1996, the Galileo spacecraft made the first flyby of Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, and this audio track represents data from Galileo's Plasma Wave Experiment instrument.

Space is a vacuum - so it generally doesn't carry sound waves like air does here on Earth (though some sounds do exist in outer space, we just can't hear them). For Halloween, she chose to offer the world a real playlist sounds the most scary from space. But my favorites are, by far, these spooky sounds.

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