Voyager 1 Captures Strange Sounds of Interstellar Space - Sept 17, 2013

After decades of exploration, Voyager 1 reaches a historic milestone for mankind--interstellar space.

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from our sun.

New and unexpected data indicate Voyager 1 has been traveling for about one year through plasma, or ionized gas, present in the space between stars. Voyager is in a transitional region immediately outside the solar bubble, where some effects from our sun are still evident.

Learn how the team discovered the craft had reached the space between the stars.


Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space.

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft captured these sounds of interstellar space. Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma, or ionized gas, from October to November 2012 and April to May 2013.

The graphic shows the frequency of the waves, which indicate the density of the plasma. Colors indicate the intensity of the waves, or how "loud" they are. Red indicates the loudest waves and blue indicates the weakest.

The soundtrack reproduces the amplitude and frequency of the plasma waves as "heard" by Voyager 1. The waves detected by the instrument antennas can be simply amplified and played through a speaker. These frequencies are within the range heard by human ears.



  1. Fascinating, I heard these a while ago. Very humbling, imagining where Voyager was at the time. I feel proud for the human race to be witness to such events.

    Keith W


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