The Sound of a Dying Star (Listen)
August 19, 2012 1 Comment
What is the sound of a star being eaten by a huge black hole billions of light years away?
It sounds like nothing considering there is no sound in space, but astronomers who discovered a star being sucked in by a black hole calculated it anyway.
John Miller, a professor of astronomy at the University of Michigan, and his team recently documented a star being shredded by a massive black hole. They assumed and simulated how this event would sound. It went like this: A star — “perhaps about the mass of our sun, perhaps less,” Miller told CNN’s Libby Lewis – wandered too close to the black hole sitting at the center of its galaxy. And when that wandering takes place “in just the right way,” Miller says, the star can get pulled, fairly violently, into the black hole.
When this happened, the star emitted light that was captured by satellite telescopes. This created an amazing audio experience for the astronomers.
Listen to the audio (4:00) simulation of a dying star, CNN’s Libby Lewis explains.