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Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi shared a video on Twitter on January 4, Saturday, claiming that US space agency, NASA, has recorded the sound of the sun, which resembles 'Om'. The video had over 72,000 views at the time of reporting and was re-shared as many as 1,600 times.
Given that claim is being attributed to NASA. A simple keyword search led us to a video of Sun producing a sound was uploaded on NASA's YouTube handle on July 25, 2018, but it never claimed that the sound is 'Om'
According to the report, the sun produces a sound resembling a low, pulsing "heartbeat". But nowhere in the report is it mentioned that the sound resembles that of Om.
The video released by Nasa says that the humming sound is produced because of the vibrations caused by activity inside the Sun. Scientists use these vibrations to look inside the Sun.
Netizens were quick to point out that the claim is not true.
Actor Kabir Bedi, who had re-tweeted the claim, later apologised for the mistake.
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