The Reading / Listening - Sun's Sounds - Level 1

Have you thought about what the Sun sounds like? Scientists from different space agencies studied 20 years of data to try to listen to the Sun. They found the Sun has a sound like a low, deep "heartbeat". They measured vibrations from the Sun and changed them into different sounds. The scientists used these to find out what is happening inside the Sun. They will understand more about solar flares and other things that happen inside the Sun.



Researchers turned data from the space agencies into a "song". A researcher said: "We don't have straightforward ways to look inside the Sun...so using...the Sun's vibrations allows us to see inside of it." He added: "Waves are travelling and bouncing around inside the Sun, and if your eyes were sensitive enough, they could actually see this." Scientists are understanding more about how complex the Sun is. He said: "I think that's a pretty cool thing."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sun's Sounds - Level 0 Sun's Sounds - Level 2   or  Sun's Sounds - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.space.com/41285-listen-to-the-sun.html
  • http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/sounds-sun-soho-06242.html
  • https://phys.org/news/2018-07-sun.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Have you thought about what
  2. Scientists from different space
  3. They measured vibrations
  4. changed them into different
  5. The scientists
  6. find out what
  7. They will understand more
  8. things that happen inside
  1. from the Sun
  2. about solar flares
  3. used these
  4. the Sun
  5. the Sun sounds like?
  6. sounds
  7. agencies
  8. is happening

Paragraph 2

  1. data from the space
  2. We don't have straightforward
  3. bouncing around inside
  4. if your eyes were
  5. they could actually
  6. Scientists are understanding
  7. how complex
  8. I think that's a pretty
  1. more
  2. the Sun
  3. the Sun is
  4. agencies
  5. cool thing
  6. ways
  7. see this
  8. sensitive enough

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Have you thought (1) ___________________ Sun sounds like? Scientists from different (2) ___________________ 20 years of data to (3) ___________________ to the Sun. They found the Sun has a sound (4) ___________________, deep "heartbeat". They measured vibrations from the Sun and changed them into different sounds. The scientists (5) ___________________ find out what is happening inside the Sun. They will understand more about (6) ___________________ other things that happen inside the Sun.

Researchers (7) ___________________ the space agencies into a "song". A researcher said: "We don't have straightforward ways (8) ___________________ the Sun...so using...the Sun's vibrations allows us to see (9) ___________________." He added: "Waves are travelling and bouncing around inside the Sun, and if your eyes (10) ___________________, they could actually see this." Scientists are understanding more (11) ___________________ the Sun is. He said: "I think (12) ___________________ cool thing."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

HaveyouthoughtaboutwhattheSunsoundslike?Scientistsfromdiffere
ntspaceagenciesstudied20yearsofdatatotrytolistentotheSun.Theyf
oundtheSunhasasoundlikealow,deep"heartbeat".Theymeasuredvib
rationsfromtheSunandchangedthemintodifferentsounds.Thescienti
stsusedthesetofindoutwhatishappeninginsidetheSun.Theywillunder
standmoreaboutsolarflaresandotherthingsthathappeninsidetheSun
.Researchersturneddatafromthespaceagenciesintoa"song".Aresear
chersaid:"Wedon'thavestraightforwardwaystolookinsidetheSun...s
ousing...theSun'svibrationsallowsustoseeinsideofit."Headded:"Wa
vesaretravellingandbouncingaroundinsidetheSun,andifyoureyeswe
resensitiveenough,theycouldactuallyseethis."Scientistsareunderst
andingmoreabouthowcomplextheSunis.Hesaid:"Ithinkthat'saprett
ycoolthing."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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