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This is what 'earthquakes' on Mars sound like

With the whole mess that is western politics right now, the interesting developments in space just aren’t holding quite as much weight as they should.

A fun thing has emerged this week, though.

Thanks to research by NASA and their SEIS instrument (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) we can now hear what “earthquakes” on Mars sound like.

Despite the Earth-centric name, quakes happen on other planets and even the moon. Reportedly, the first marsquake was detected last April.

Here is a soundbite of one of them.

Now we can listen to the tremors – the team have sped them up and made it audible, but it represents two separate marsquakes. One had a magnitude of 3.7, and another was 3.3.

There’s not a great deal to hear, but regardless, it’s pretty exciting.

Incidentally SEIS can also pick up sounds such as wind and the actual mechanics of the device itself making it hard for researchers to distinguish between them and quakes.

This has led to NASA releasing another set of sounds which they have called 'dinks and donks.'

HT IFL Science

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