Fact check: Is ‘Om’ the sound of the sun ?

Hyderabad: On January 4th, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi posted a video claiming that NASA had recorded the sound of the sun, and that sun chants “Om”.

Following this, many shared this video on Twitter with their own comments

Fact Check:

In July 2018, NASA released a video that Sun is not silent. The video captures the vibrations produced by the movement of the Sun’s waves, loops and eruptions. The hum it produces does not sound similar or close to Om.

The sound of the video is not the original audio released by NASA. Here is the audio uploaded by NASA on its twitter handle on July 26, 2018. video released by NASA in 2018 shows the sonification of electromagnetic waves from the sun is not, in fact, an “Om” chant but a “low, pulsing hum.”

Nowhere in the description or elsewhere did NASA mention that the sound of the Sun resembles ‘Om’ sound. The audio is also available on Soundcloud.

According to NASA “Data from ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has captured the dynamic movement of the Sun’s atmosphere for over 20 years. Today, we can hear the Sun’s movement — all of its waves, loops and eruptions — with our own ears. This sound helps scientists study what can’t be observed with the naked eye.”

The visuals of the video shared by Kiran Bedi does not resemble the visuals of video shared by NASA. Sound of Om also seems to be amplified in the shared video.

Hence, the claim that NASA had recorded the sound of the sun, and that sun chants “Om” is FALSE.

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist.
Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support.
A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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