TVNZ/One News: Scientists record music of the sun

British scientists say that the sun’s coronal loops vibrate like the strings of a guitar, and claim that they have been able to record these sounds.

They recreated the sounds by looking at images of the loops, and then turning the visible vibrations into sounds.

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“Using satellite images of the loops, the astronomers recreated the sound by turning the visible vibrations into noises and speeding up the frequency so it is audible to the human ear.

“The coronal loops may be involved in the production of solar flares that fling highly charged particles out into space.

“Also discovered was that the loops vibrate backwards and forwards in a way that mimics the acoustic waves in a wind instrument.”