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.

About Troy Loy

I seek to learn through this site and others how to better my ability as a person and my skill at using my reason and understanding to best effect. I do fractal artwork as a hobby, and I'm working to develop it to professional levels, though I've a bit to go till I reach that degree of skill! This is a crazy world we're in, but maybe I can do a little, if only that, to make it a bit more sane than it otherwise would be.

Posted on Tuesday, 5:51, October 5, 2010, in Science Videos and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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