Finally!! Something We Can’t Change.

As two-legged brainiacs, mouth whipping each other with political rhetoric and thumping our chests, we bask at the top of the food chain.

Cattle, fish, soybeans?….All for our enjoyment.

Trees, water, beer cans?…Fodder for our convenience. Never mind that a swollen sense of entitlement for 7-billion+  means polar bears will be moving into my backyard. Hopefully, they’ll keep the neighbor’s dog from using my lawn as an outhouse.

The good news is there’s something we humans can’t mess with.

It seems a benevolent Creator hid it at the fringes of our atmosphere.  And here’s what it sounds like:

What is it? It’s the song from the protective magnetic field wrapped around our little blue planet. Like bullets bouncing off of Superman’s chest, the Magnetosphere deflects charged-particle-blasts from the sun. “Without it, that solar wind would basically blow away much of our atmosphere,” says Peter Tomson, environmental editor at The World.

Ham radio operators have heard fuzzy renditions for years, but NASA satellites captured the radio wave with digital clarity (and you thought the Space Program just delivered Dr. Pepper to the International Space Station).

They’ve named the sound, “Chorus.” And as long as the globe keeps spinning, it’ll keep protecting us. Somehow there’s hope in the thought there are things in the world we can’t change.

And that may be why the planet sings its song.

About Barb

I escaped from a hardscrabble farm in Oklahoma. I'm not sure why people think I have an accent. I miss the sunshine, but not the fried foods.
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15 Responses to Finally!! Something We Can’t Change.

  1. JSD says:

    OMG, how cool is that!!!! Thanks for sharing.


  2. El Guapo says:

    Beautiful! While many commenters equate it with birdsong, It reminded me of whale song.

    And sadly, as with whales, we’re people. Give us some time.
    We’ll find a way to screw it up.


  3. Oh, Barb, you’ve given me shivers down the spine. Not only is that a beautiful sound, the idea is incredibly seductive. Off to find out more – thank you!


  4. Helen says:

    Puts some perpective in our lives, doesn’t it?


  5. Judy Berman says:

    A very comforting sound, Barb. Thank you for sharing, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.


  6. I wonder if each one of those chirps is some kind of deflected death ray? I sure join you in your sentiment. If we could only learn to leave things the hell alone.


  7. Oh wow… it sounds like birdsong, and dripping water in places!


  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you… Hugs Roxanne


  9. moma escriva says:

    Very comforting to know. I hope we keep it safe from humans.


  10. As a ham radio operator, I’ve heard this sound many times before, but I must admit, I never really questioned what it was, because we hear LOTS of strange sounds via radio. Used to be a noise we called the “Russian woodpecker”, a very annoying over-the-horizon radar system. And you wouldn’t believe the bizarre digital signals we pick up, or their sources of origin. Anyhow, a very interesting post, Barb. Thanks! And a very happy Thanksgiving to you.


  11. Roxie Matthews says:

    Well, we can’t change it YET. Used to be, we thought we couldn’t change the weather. I don’t know if there’s anything we can’t screw up eventually. And aren’t I just a little ray of sunshine this morning?


  12. Red says:

    I cannot imagine cell service without it. This sound is on relaxation recordings. In many cases, it is called some variant on “warblers” or “birds”.And it sounds odd on a ham radio. 😉
    Great thing for us not to change.


  13. digipicsphotography says:

    Makes me happy that there are some things humans can’t change.


  14. Elyse says:

    Isn’t that beautiful — it sounds like birdsong. Thanks Barb!


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