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Songs From Space Reach Ears on Earth

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October 4, 2012
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If you thought it was quiet in space, you were wrong. Instruments aboard NASA's orbiting Radiation Belt Storm Probes have picked up audio from the phenomenon known as "chorus" radio waves within Earth's magnetosphere, and they sound more like bird song than aliens from outer space. Turn up the volume to listen.


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