“And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter— they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long.”—Sylvia Plath
Sound waves 57 octaves lower than middle-C are rumbling away from a supermassive black hole in the Perseus cluster.
Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have found, for the first time, sound waves from a supermassive black hole. The “note” is the deepest ever detected from any object in our Universe. The tremendous amounts of energy carried by these sound waves may solve a longstanding problem in astrophysics.
The black hole resides in the Perseus cluster of galaxies located 250 million light years from Earth. In 2002, astronomers obtained a deep Chandra observation that shows ripples in the gas filling the cluster. These ripples are evidence for sound waves that have traveled hundreds of thousands of light years away from the cluster’s central black hole.
Sound uses particles to travel. Hence why there is no sound in space. I can understand that there may be sound in the center of the black hole, if it were to be filled with gas. But traveling thousands of light years from the core? Just sounds a bit… far fetched. And considering this “Reblog Link” has no actual link then I’m going to have to do more research.