If science-fiction films have taught us anything, it's that space can be scary-as-fuck, awash with aliens, disease, philosophical dilemmas or even just debilitating isolation. So this year, just in time for Halloween, NASA has put all of their scariest sounds from across the solar system into one "spooky" Soundcloud playlist.
The ethereal compilation comprises the sounds of "howling planets and whistling helium that is sure to make your skin crawl," the US space agency writes:
"Soaring to the depths of our universe, gallant spacecraft roam the cosmos, snapping images of celestial wonders.... some have instruments capable of capturing radio emissions. When scientists convert these to sound waves, the results are eerie to hear."
Because there is no sound in space, NASA scientists had to use an antenna to record electromagnet waves and vibrations and then transfer these frequencies into "sounds" that our ears can hear.
Some of NASA's "Spooky Sounds from Across the Solar System" include a "roar" from Jupiter, radio emissions from Saturn and "plasma waves" from a 2016 encounter. There is also a track consisting of sounds from a collision with a comet from 2011 – in which a NASA spacecraft was pelted with dust particles and small rocks.