Ongoing History of New Music Daily: FM radio from space

Space is a noisy place, especially when it comes to radio signals generated by pulsars, quasars, magnetars, stars, and planets. These are natural phenomena that scientists have been examining for decades.

One of the more recent discoveries is an FM radio signal coming from Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s largest moons. If we could tune it in, it would be at about 740 Mhz, which is below what we have on our FM dial (it starts at 87.9 Mhz and goes to 107.9 Mhz) but right at the end of the FM spectrum in Eastern Europe (65.8 to 74.0 Mhz).

So is there an FM station broadcasting from the orbit of Jupiter? Sadly, no. This is a natural phenomenon called “decametric radio emissions.” it

No aliens. Again. Sorry.

Check out Friday’s post on Kurt Cobain’s suicide gun. And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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