# How loud is the sun

## How loud would the sun be?

Sir Cumference's contribution is a very interesting answer, but I am afraid it is wrong. The sun's surface is clearly in motion, but this does not necessarily result in the emission of audible sound, even if the sun and earth are in a liquid medium (such as air) that would allow sound to be transmitted.

To explain why, we can actually apply the same line of analysis to the Earth's ocean. The surface moves a lot, so sound should be emitted. However, we don't hear anything unless you're very close and have crashing waves.

Let's do some rough math: the ocean has a surface area of ​​about 510 million square kilometers. 150-1012m2. Suppose the average wave height is 1 m and the average wave frequency is 0.1 Hz (1 wave every 10 s). If the ocean were a spherical source it would produce a sound power of 5⋅1024W. and the sound pressure at 1000 km distance would be 240 dB SPL. That is obviously not the case, otherwise we would all be dead.

So why not In order for sound to actually radiate, the surface must move evenly. For every ocean wave that moves air up, there is a wave nearby that moves air down, so the contributions are simply canceled. Technically, we need to calculate the power by integrating the normal intensity over the entire surface. The intensity has equal amounts of positive and negative components and the sum over them is zero.

That's the same reason you put a speaker in a box: outdoors, air movement from the front of the cone and the back of the cone simply cancel out, so you put it in a box to get rid of the speaker sound from behind .

I think the real answer here is: you would hear absolutely nothing as the sound contributions from different parts of the sun's surface would cancel each other out. Sound radiation over this distance would only occur if the sun's surface moves uniformly, that is, the entire sun expands or contracts. This happens to a certain extent, but only at very, very low frequencies that are inaudible and at which the sound radiation is much less efficient.

### JiK

Sir Cumference's answer is that "we can actually see sound waves (that is, infrasound waves) oscillating in the sun as a whole". But you can't see infrasound waves like this vibrating in the ocean, so something is different in the sun.

### Hilmar

Of course, you can see infra-sound waves from the ocean. The tides are a good example. You still can't hear them. The same applies, however: Very, very low frequencies change the energy calculation drastically and also make it inaudible,

### Coburne

What's the bottom line here? Will future DJs be able to incorporate samples of the sun into their music or not?