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The Hundred Million Mile Pipe Organ

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the louder-than-yours dept.

Space 76

jd writes "Scientists have announced that the gigantic coils of plasma in the solar atmosphere, known as coronal loops, actually carry sound waves much like a pipe organ. Micro-flares on the surface of the sun create powerful blasts of charged particles, which are then guided through the coronal loops, creating the standing waves. Sheffield University is hosting movies and audio recordings of the sun's performance."

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Mummy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18824947)

What does it sound like when God farts?

Re:Mummy (4, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#18824993)

What does it sound like when God farts?

A perfect being would not fart, it seems to me. Farting is allegedly part of humanity's punishment for eating an apple without underwear on and talking dirty to a snake (er....something like that).
     

Re:Mummy (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825403)

A perfect being would not fart, it seems to me. Farting is allegedly part of humanity's punishment for eating an apple without underwear on and talking dirty to a snake

Bets?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj1KGZSFmfs [youtube.com]

Re:Mummy (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825097)

Assuming there IS a god in the first place.

Well? One good troll deserves another...

Re:Mummy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825153)

Assuming there IS a god in the first place.
Do many true believers in your part of the world make reference to the bodily functions of the divine?

Re:Mummy (1)

BakaHoushi (786009) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825593)

Personally, I'm not religious... at all... but I like to sum up life as this:
Even God has to shit sometimes, and just hope you're not standing under Him.

Re:Mummy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18828787)

No need to bring fictional characters into this

I translated the song and it says... (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#18824959)

..."La la la, I'm going to heat up and cook that little blue planet, just for the hell of it, la la la...."

Re:I translated the song and it says... (2, Insightful)

number1scatterbrain (976838) | more than 6 years ago | (#18826069)

La, La, La, that little blue planet is heating up and cooking itself, La, La, La...

Re:I translated the song and it says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18827597)

La, La, La, that little blue planet is heating up and cooking itself, La, La, La...

I can see how you got your nickname.

Re:I translated the song and it says... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#18831631)

La, La, La, that little blue planet is heating up and cooking itself, La, La, La...

I can see how you got your nickname.


I dunno ... I thought both of you were pretty funny. One of the most oblique references to global warming I've ever heard.

Now you have really done it. (4, Funny)

Bender Unit 22 (216955) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825025)

Let's hope that the RIAA does not hear about this or they will require the sun to be DRM'ed by Sony's fantastic systems.

Re:Now you have really done it. (1)

The_Wilschon (782534) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825299)

Ye gods, no! A rootkit on the sun? The botnet turf wars we have now are bad enough, but when one of the nets takes over the rooted sun, we'll all be cooked!

ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825363)

The only thing more pathetic than a PC user is a PC user trying to be a Mac user. We have a name for you people: switcheurs.

There's a good reason for your vexation at the Mac's user interface: You don't speak its language. Remember that the Mac was designed by artists [atspace.com], for artists [atspace.com], be they poets [atspace.com], musicians [atspace.com], or avant-garde mathematicians [atspace.com]. A shiny new Mac can introduce your frathouse hovel to a modicum of good taste, but it can't make Mac users out of dweebs [atspace.com] and squares [atspace.com] like you.

So don't force what doesn't come naturally. You'll be much happier if you stick to an OS that suits your personality. And you'll be doing the rest of us a favor, too; you leave Macs to Mac users, and we'll leave beige to you.

Re:Now you have really done it. (4, Funny)

Hotawa Hawk-eye (976755) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825551)

No, tell the RIAA. They'll send their technicians to the sun to install DRM, and when their technicians come back radiation-blasted to report that they failed, they'll send in the lawyers. Two for one deal!

is that what pipe organ sounds like? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825057)

I tried 3modes.au, and it sounds more like static noise... like, when my radio has bad reception

I would like to ask something... (1, Funny)

JamesP (688957) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825111)

FREEBIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(lame lame filter, 2357113171923293137)

Star farts.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825167)

Alpha Centauri: Hey, who cut the cheese?
Sol: Smells Sirius!

Goal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825225)

I now know Man's ultimate goal: to engineer the Sun to play GOOD, WHOLESOME, GERMAN MUSIC. BACH!!!

I'm sorry. (4, Funny)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825237)

I'm not clicking on something called wang_mov.avi

Re:I'm sorry. (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825309)

Ok, downloaded Quicktime so I could get these files. I think it's pretty cool that there is sound in space. Maybe you could even hear a Tie Fighter as it roars past you.

Re:I'm sorry. (4, Funny)

smoker2 (750216) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825505)

I'm not clicking on something called wang_mov.avi again !

There, fixed that for ya ;)

Well then (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18826647)

Well then you might want to stay away from the limb-eruption movie...

Just a thought.

Many claim to have hundred million mile pipe organ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825241)

When average solar pipe organs are actually only 50 to 60 million miles at most.

poto.... (2, Funny)

Himring (646324) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825331)

So, 2001 space odyssey missed it as far as a score. It shoulda been phantom of the opera....

Re:poto.... (1)

weeboo0104 (644849) | more than 6 years ago | (#18841687)

Nope, 2001 had it right. The opening from "Also sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss (used in "2001 - A space odyssey" calls for a pipe organ in the orchesteral score.

University of Sheffield (3, Informative)

sdaug (681230) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825359)

The correct name is The University of Sheffield, not Sheffield University.

Re:University of Sheffield (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825513)

The correct name is The University of Sheffield, not Sheffield University.

The correct name for that institution, whatever it may be, most assuredly does not contain the word University. "Sheffield A&M" would probably be closer to the mark.

Re:University of Sheffield (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825969)

Sheffield is actually a research institution. Sunday Times University of the year '01, typically ranks in the top 20. Associated with four Nobel Prizes.


Whats the beef?

hey baby.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825459)

Hey Baby, check out my Hundred Million Mile Pipe Organ.

Other sounds of the universe (5, Interesting)

RichPowers (998637) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825567)

Here are some sounds of Jovian "radio storms":

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2000/radiojove_ sbursts.htm [nasa.gov]
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2000/radiojove_ lbursts.htm [nasa.gov]

And my favorite: a University of Washington professor used temperature variations in the cosmic background radiation to create the "sound of the Big Bang." This allows us to hear the first 760 thousand years of the universe. Of course the frequencies are boosted because the actual Big Bang frequencies are far too low to be heard by humans. Amazing stuff.

http://faculty.washington.edu/jcramer/BBSound.html [washington.edu]

Nobody? (2, Funny)

proxy318 (944196) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825615)

Gonna make me do this? Sigh...

"That's a big organ".

Re:Nobody? (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 6 years ago | (#18834607)

Is that a 'Hundred Million Mile Pipe Organ' in yer pocket, or are ya just glad to see me?

I think it's Tito Puente or the ID4 aliens... (3, Insightful)

trimbo (127919) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825635)

It sounds like a drumroll Tito Puente [wikipedia.org] might have done. It's about the right pitch for one of his timbales.

Although, it also kind of sounds like the signal being sent around on satellites in ID4 [imdb.com].

So basically it's either a message from one of the greatest Latin drummers or aliens hell bent on destroying the earth. Have a nice weekend everyone!

I hate to nit pick, but.. (1, Insightful)

DigitAl56K (805623) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825651)

.. AU audio files, MOV video files, and AVI files using a legacy video compressor Microsoft doesn't even ship any more?

I'm sure the research is great. I'll pass until you make it presentable.

Try http://www.drdivx.com/ [drdivx.com] and http://www.mp3dev.org/ [mp3dev.org] .

Re:I hate to nit pick, but.. (2, Funny)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 6 years ago | (#18827627)

Or I could just sum it up for you, and save you from having to install anything at all:
"OooooOOOooooOooOoooooOOOOOooOOOooooOOOoOoOoooooOO OOooOooOooooooOoOooooOOOoOOooOooOOoOoOooOo"

Any attempts at reverse engineering, however, will be rigorously pursued in court.

Re:I hate to nit pick, but.. (1)

Petrushka (815171) | more than 6 years ago | (#18829749)

What's the big deal? You have the permissions and can take the trouble to install the enormously bloated DivX package, but not VLC, which will happily deal with pretty much anything? Sorry, but it sounds like it takes very little to irk you.

space sound recordings (4, Informative)

jovius (974690) | more than 6 years ago | (#18825727)

There exists a wonderful collection of elecromagnetic waves made audible called "NASA space probe recordings" and "Symphonies of the Planets". The latter has five volumes total. They raised the frequencies of the voyager space craft recordings of the interplanetary magnetic and electric fields to audible range and released the resulting darkish ambient soundscapes.

Vindication! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825787)

Hah! So sound can travel in space! Take that, sci-fi nerds!

Title stretches the truth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18825839)

From the article, the loops are up to 100 million km. 100 million km 100 million miles. So the tile is a bit exaggerated. Mistakes like this lead to problems with Mars probes...

Re:Title stretches the truth (2, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 6 years ago | (#18827445)

From the article, the loops are up to 100 million km. 100 million km 100 million miles. So the tile is a bit exaggerated. Mistakes like this lead to problems with Mars probes...
And imagine what happens with the anal ones!

Re:Title stretches the truth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18830091)

The Anal ones? Rectum completely!

Re:Title stretches the truth (1)

azenpunk (1080949) | more than 6 years ago | (#18833575)

i always thought they should have renamed that probe to "mars excavator" posthumously

Aphex Twin / Coralized versions to keep it fast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18826139)

Not to rain on their parade but... (1)

loourker (1090051) | more than 6 years ago | (#18827021)

I hate to say this, but it really sounds like a noisy power supply. I mean it sounds like harmonics of 60 cycles.

Re:Not to rain on their parade but... (1)

Petrushka (815171) | more than 6 years ago | (#18829761)

Well, I'd venture a guess that it's not being played at the native sample rate ...

Hey! Play it backwards, it says... (1)

mnemotronic (586021) | more than 6 years ago | (#18827217)

Play the .au files backwards, and you distinctly hear "Turn me in, Glickman". An obvious reference to our glorious leader, MPAA pres. Dan "I'd love to turn you on to your new cell-mate" Glickman.

I knew it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18831387)

Space sounds *exactly* like a sci-fi movie.

Sunn O))) has nothing on this. (1)

BeneathTheVeil (305107) | more than 6 years ago | (#18831513)

Wow, that right there is some true droning doom. ...and no, I don't expect any slashdotters to get the reference.

The Song Stays The Same... (1)

JumperCables233 (916271) | more than 6 years ago | (#18831811)

Can you imagine the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing "Battle Hymn of the Republic" with a hundred million mile pipe organ! Sweet!!!
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