Thursday, December 10, 2009

Music in the stars?

It seems astronomers have discovered that black holes emit a single note - Bb (B flat). Which makes me wonder at the Om being emitted by the mantras of the masses. What note is that at? Is it deep in our throats that a Bb is available? The sound I consider happy is not a Bb, but a happier note, like an A or a C. Is Bb the sound of the blues? It would follow, in my random logic, that a black hole and the blues have a common thread.

Of all the notes to be emitted by deep space I am not surprised by Bb. I had hoped for a lighter note, something denoting (pun intended) love or happiness. So then, what note does the sun, or the moon, emit?
Eta-Carina in our galaxy, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. The star that exploded in 2004 and 2006 in the far off galaxy 2006 was likely a very massive star like Eta-Carina, of up to 100 solar masses, and doomed to death when its core collapsed to a black hole. (c) NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and Jon Morse


  1. If light can't escape a black hole, how is it that sound can...?

    And, if it can indeed, does that Bb take into account the redshift?


  2. Black holes are where all of our politicians and lawyers are from. And of course they are still trying to suck us all inot the black hle they came from. I sure hope you have a wonderful weekend my dear friend!

  3. Most blues I know is in G A and E. Now if it emitted a chord, Bb minor, then it might be considered a little blue. Since Bb is just a shade above A, it is probably not so unhappy.
    Aren't most brass band instruments, like trumpets, tuned to Bb, sort of like their open key?