Does the Sun’s Music Resemble “Om”?

PicsArt_1447687415039A few months back, someone sent me a recording titled “Voice of the Sun” on Whatsapp. I was puzzled because the “voice of the sun” actually sounded like the voice of a human chanting “Om.” It sure sounded like a fake. I cannot post it here because I have lost it.

According to a definition I found on Google, Om is “a mystic syllable, considered the most sacred mantra in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. It appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitations, prayers, and texts.” It is considered to be a combination of three sounds – a, u, and m, symbolizing the three main deities of the Hindu pantheon. Needless to say, I immediately wanted to know if the sun’s sound really resembles “Om.”

According to Abhijeet Rathore, who has worked as a structural engineer in ISRO and has answered over sixty questions in the category Space Exploration on Quora, “NASA has not actually recorded the sun’s voice or sound.”

In fact, NASA has captured certain vibrations in the coronal loops of the sun, which vibrate longitudinally as well as transversely. NASA captured these vibrations as satellite images and videos and then turned the visuals into sound vibrations. Next, they speeded up the frequency by maybe thousands of times to make it audible to human ears.

Listen to the voice of the sun.

Of course, one cannot deny that the first of those sounds are “Om – y,” but then there are a number of other sounds too. I guess that religious people conveniently forgot the other sounds and jumped to the conclusion that the sun says “Om” all the time.

We should also take into consideration the following facts.

  • These are actually visual vibrations that have been turned into sound.
  • Scientists have speeded up the frequency of those vibrations.
  • The sun is the home of several phenomena, coronal discharge being only one of them.

In addition, Voyager I has captured certain sounds in interstellar space. You can listen to them here.

Conclusion

If you listen with religious ears and extract only the first sound in the series of the sounds that the sun makes, the sun’s music might sound like “Om.” However, if you remove your religious earplugs, you have got to admit that the sun has a lot more to say and most of it does not sound like “Om.”

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Pepsi/Coke and Mentos – Is It a Killer Combination?

Bloggers Marathon Challenge – Day 6

I recently spotted a message on Facebook urging people to never ever have Pepsi/Coke and mentos together. The message warned readers that the mixture would turn into cyanide in their stomach and instantly kill them. Scary, isn’t it?

Coke and Mento Hoax

Message received on Facebook

I have been getting Pepsi/Coke combination will kill you or cause your guts to burst messages for the past several years. In my gullible youth (not that I am old now), I actually believed them and feared the Pepsi/Coke and mentos duo. One of those messages, which were sent as email forwards in those days, warned that the combination had actually killed children in some country. The name of the country and the details about the victims, of course, changed from one email forward to the other.

Will you really die if you have Pepsi/Coke with mentos?

Relax! People do not die that easily. You can eat as many mentos as you like and down them with as many bottles of Pepsi/Coke as your system can handle, but you won’t die. You will simply stay put on good old earth and either puke the stuff out (yuck) or let out a giant burp that will make people flee from you in horror (ugh). If you don’t believe me, you can watch this guy.

So what does good old science say?

Good old science says that it is just a physical reaction, not a chemical one.

If you put any carbonated drink or soft drink, as we Kudlites prefer to call it, with mentos, the carbonated drink will become fizzier than ever. In fact, it will become so fizzy that it will either spill out of the bottle or shoot up into the air.

Why do carbonated drinks behave in this manner when they come in contact with mentos?

Mentos have a mint flavor that generates foam. The surface of a mento has several pores that allow carbon dioxide to escape from the carbonated drink. When you put Pepsi/Coke with mentos, it increases the surface tension of the drink, releases carbon dioxide, and causes that explosion like reaction. I repeat that it is purely a physical reaction, not a chemical one.

So there is no question of Pepsi/Coke combining with mentos to create cyanide, which causes instant death.

You might have noticed that the Facebook message mentions Polo mouth freshener. You will get similar results if you put polo inside a bottle of Coke/Pepsi. The drink just turns fizzier and gushes out of the bottle. 

WARNING

DO NOT experiment by taking mentos and Pepsi/Coke together. Although it won’t kill you, it can hurt your digestive system and cause you great distress. So please DO NOT HAVE MENTOS AND PEPSI/COKE TOGETHER.