Boffins record sun's eerie musical harmonies

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London, June 20 (ANI): Sheffield University astronomers have broken new ground by recording the music produced by our sun.

The researchers discovered that huge magnetic loops which have been observed coiling away from the outer layer of the sun's atmosphere, known as coronal loops, vibrate like strings on a musical instrument.

At times they behave more like soundwaves as they travel through a wind instrument.

The scientists used satellite images of these loops, which can be more than 60,000 miles long, to recreate the sound by turning the visible vibrations into noises and speeding up the frequency to make it audible to the human ear.

"It was strangely beautiful and exciting to hear these noises for the first time from such a large and powerful source," The Telegraph quoted Professor Robertus von Fáy-Siebenbürgen, head of the solar physics research group at Sheffield University, as saying.

He added: "It is a sort of music as it has harmonics.

"It is providing us with a new way of learning about the sun and giving us a new insight into the physics that goes on at in the sun's outer layers where temperatures reach millions of degrees." (ANI)

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