A metallic screech, an eerie whir, an otherworldly growl: The playlist below sounds like it was curated for a haunted house. But the sound bites weren’t recorded to create a creepy atmosphere; they were captured by NASA scientists looking to learn more about the far reaches of our solar system. Now, in honor of Halloween, the space agency has decided to embrace the spooky vibe of its auditory data by compiling its most spine-tingling space noises into one soundtrack.
While it is true that in space, no one can hear you scream, it is possible for spacecraft to pick up radio waves that scientists can later convert to sound. This SoundCloud playlist includes 22 tracks recorded by NASA vessels exploring various corners of our solar neighborhood. In the first clip, you can hear the unsettling shriek captured as NASA’s Juno probe penetrated Jupiter’s magnetic field. Cassini also transmitted some unusual sounds, like radio waves related to the auroras radiated by Saturn’s poles. Plasma waves, lightning on Jupiter, and a shower of stardust are also featured in the collection.
If you’re doing some last-minute music selection for your Halloween party, whether it’s science fiction-themed or not, any track on this playlist would make an appropriate addition. Your guests will likely be grateful to hear anything that’s not "Monster Mash" for the 50th time.