Published on June 15th, 2018 | by Alan Cross


Apparently, our planet likes to whistle. Listen.

The space nerd in me loves stories like this.

According to new data collected by NASA, fast-moving charged particles are trapped in magnetic areas around the planet known as the Van Allen radiation belts that extend up to about 6,000 kilometres above the surface. Basically, these belts operate as a shield against harmful rays and particles from reaching us.

This action produces fluctuations in the belts called “chorus waves” as electrons are shot through our atmosphere. One of the byproducts is the Northern (and Southern) Lights. Another is this sound.

Someone needs to sample this for something. Get on it, will you?

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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