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Name: Emil
Status: student
Grade: other
Location: FL
Country: USA
Date: Fall 2013

Can cosmic rays or high energy particles from the Sun which interact with the atmosphere cause sounds that can be detected by human ear? Is it possible for electromagnetism that interacts with the atmosphere to cause sounds?

Hi Emil,

There is a mismatch between the pressure(or compressive) wave that we utilize for hearing and the electromagnetic(EM) wave as a result of high energy particles. We are not familiar with any outside of the pressure related sizzles and bursts that lightning type electromagnetics play out.

We monitor the electromagnetics of the Sun, Earth and Jupiter using our radio telescope array here in New Hampshire. There are many other radio telescopes out there.

It is very simple to convert the electromagnetic waves to those of a pressure wave. A simple AM radio does that here on Earth - you can always hear a thunderstorm on your favorite station. There are a number or specialized receivers that examine Solar, Saturn and Earth electromagnetics and converts them to audible pulses.

Here are some examples: http://www.nasa.gov/mp3/687631main_687014main_emfisis_chorus_1.mp3

http://soi.stanford.edu/results/one_mode_1_1_2_30s.au and http://soi.stanford.edu/results/thr_modes_1_0_1_2_30s.au


Hope this helps! Peter E. Hughes, Ph.D. Mount Monadnock Radio Observatory, Milford, NH

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