NASA recorded what Saturn sounds like. Hear it for yourself!

NASA recorded an interplanetary exchange. And it sounds not entirely unlike the beginning to a certain Daft Punk song.

Not to sound like an intergalactic hipster here, but: dude, how can you call yourself a true planet fan if have you haven't heard Saturn? 


You may remember the Cassini spacecraft's epic—and planned—crash into Saturn in September of last year. Now, like Tupac, Cassini is seeing a posthumous release of sorts. Y'see, Cassini managed to detect an epic exchange between Saturn and its moon Enceladus, so epic that you could detect it over radio waves. NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA (go Pasadena Bulldogs!) shortened 16 minutes of audio into 29 seconds.

The results are pretty cool, sounding not entirely unlike the beginning to the Daft Punk song "Touch". The literally-out-of-this-world-ha-ha sounds are actually made by Saturn's magnetosphere. Earth has one, too; magnetospheres protect planets from radiation and the constant barrage of charged particles thrown at us (and Saturn, and a few other planets) by the Sun.

What do we gain from this? Um, perhaps if you had to recognize Saturn in a dark room you'd now know what it sounds like. Sound doesn't really travel in space as there's no air—so it's true that nobody can hear you scream in space—so perhaps this Saturn song is sort of like a super rare release. (Could Saturn be any more hipster? I mean, with all the rings, the multiple hangers-on, and the hot air, our galactic neighbor is kind of coming across like late-period Johnny Depp.) 

Big Think
Sponsored by Lumina Foundation

Upvote/downvote each of the videos below!

As you vote, keep in mind that we are looking for a winner with the most engaging social venture pitch - an idea you would want to invest in.

Keep reading Show less

Why Lil Dicky made this star-studded Earth Day music video

"Earth" features about 30 of the biggest names in entertainment.

Culture & Religion
  • Lil Dicky is a rapper and comedian who released his debut album in 2015.
  • His new music video, "Earth," features artists such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheehan, Kevin Hart, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • All proceeds of the music video will go to environmental causes, Dicky said.
Keep reading Show less

After death, you’re aware that you’ve died, say scientists

Some evidence attributes a certain neurological phenomenon to a near death experience.

Credit: Petr Kratochvil. PublicDomainPictures.net.
Surprising Science

Time of death is considered when a person has gone into cardiac arrest. This is the cessation of the electrical impulse that drive the heartbeat. As a result, the heart locks up. The moment the heart stops is considered time of death. But does death overtake our mind immediately afterward or does it slowly creep in?

Keep reading Show less

Behold, the face of a Neolithic dog

He was a very good boy.

Image source: Historic Environment Scotland
Surprising Science
  • A forensic artist in Scotland has made a hyper realistic model of an ancient dog.
  • It was based on the skull of a dog dug up in Orkney, Scotland, which lived and died 4,000 years ago.
  • The model gives us a glimpse of some of the first dogs humans befriended.
Keep reading Show less