The Sound of a Pulsar


This is the translation into audible sound of the electromagnetic beamcasts of a supernova remnant, a rapidly rotating neutron star known as a pulsar, whose radiation emissions result from its intense magnetic field and incredible spin. It derives its mass and density from the catastrophic collapse of a star much more massive than Sol. This stellar corpse emits radiation in many wavelengths like a lighthouse, which crosses our path due to a coincidental alignment of its orientation with that of our solar system. Curiously, the physics of this stellar zombie is governed by the laws of quantum mechanics as it is essentially a single gigantic atomic nucleus spinning in space. Very cool, though not if you’re right next to it, of course.

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