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Wind Chimes Let You Listen to the Solar Wind

by Kenny Hoeschen

These wind chimes don’t just jingle-jangle as the breeze blows through your back yard. Instead, they receive data from a 16-year-old NASA satellite 1.5 million kilometers away and play sounds based on the variations of the solar wind. Apparently, these chimes are useful not just for producing creepy, somewhat disturbing sounds, they can assist scientists in detecting solar storms and other weather events.

There are three properties in the solar wind that affect the Earth: the speed, the density, and the magnetic direction and that data also affects the sounds produced by these chimes.

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