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Fraser
2011-Apr-14, 01:40 PM
Its true there is no sound in empty interstellar space, but the Herschel space observatory has observed the cosmic equivalent of sonic booms. Networks of tangled and tremendously large gaseous filaments seen within clouds of gas and dust between stars are likely to be remnants of slow shockwaves from supernovae, Herschel scientists say. And surprisingly, [...]

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Amber Robot
2011-Apr-14, 05:11 PM
I assume that whey they say "no sound in space" they're defining "sound" as audible to the human ear, much like how "light" is often limited in definition to visible wavelengths, right?

I guess though that they would be right that there would be no "sound" in "empty" interstellar space. But there really isn't any *empty* interstellar space.