Music of the Spheres: This Is What a Singing Comet Sounds Like
Comets... in their multitudes, scarce to be counted, filling the darkness...
You’d think a comet would be silent, because it’s in space, but you—and the ESA’s scientists—would be surprised. Rosetta has detected a sub-human-hearing oscillation in the particles around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko caused by its magnetic field. The best part? This comet “song” was completely unexpected by scientists, and they still don’t have a solid explanation for it. 1,000 bonus points to any musicians out there who work this into an actual song.
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- Here’s the itinerary for Philae landing on the comet starting today
- And an picture of Rossetta with the comet looming
- Or a 3D image of the comet, if you happen to have some 3D glasses on hand
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