Space music: NASA listens in on Enceladus

These findings show scientists that there is a "circuit of magnetic field lines connecting it to Enceladus hundreds of thousands of miles away", according to Popular Mechanics. The field is like a direct circuit between the planet and its Moon where energy flows back and forth, making odd sounds along the way.

Much like air or water, plasma generates waves to carry energy.

Plasma waves found traveling between Saturn, its rings, and its moon Enceladus have been turned into sound by NASA researchers.

Specialists changed over the recording of plasma waves into a "whooshing" sound file that we can hear - similarly a radio makes an interpretation of electromagnetic waves into music.

Plasma waves in the audible frequency range are electromagnetic, and that's exactly what they got Cassini. Enceladus is tidally locked with Saturn, meaning it always keeps the same face toward the planet.

"Enceladus is this little generator going around Saturn, and we know it is a continuous source of energy", Ali Sulaiman, one of the University of Iowa authors, said.

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NASA has released audio captured by its Cassini probe, just before it plunged head-first into the ringed planet on a death dive a year ago.

Once captured, scientists are then able to turn these plasma waves into audio, and in the case of the interaction between Saturn and Enceladus they took 16.1 minutes of an audio recording and sped it up so that it lasted just 28.5 seconds.

In the course he had discovered a previously unknown interaction between Saturn and its satellite Enceladus. By comparison, the moon orbits Earth at a radius of 384,400 km. Enceladus is also geologically active, and plumes of water vapor it erupts become ionized and fill the environment around Saturn.

Cassini's Radio Plasma Wave Science instrument recorded intense plasma waves on September 2, 2017, two weeks before Cassini was deliberately plunged into the atmosphere of Saturn. Comparable associations happen amongst Saturn and its rings, as they are additionally extremely powerful.

The "circuitry" between the planet and its moon is the subject of two recent papers in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

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