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Demystifying the source of that magical "3 am" sound!

Dear clients,

This Newsletter will help you understand why we sometimes have superb sound and sometimes we just have to admit that it's just a bad time for audio playback. Everyone knows that night time listening is generally better, but there are exceptions to the rule, which makes it all the more confusing.

For now let's just focus on that incredible "3 am" pristine sound. Let's get to the mechanics of how this works.

It's so simple.

This is a simplified schematic of the Earth's magnetic field:

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It acts as if there is a bar magnet inside the Earth with one end at the North pole and one end at the South pole, and you have the magnetic field lines emanating out. Except in the real world, in space, it doesn't work that way, because we've got the highly electrically charged solar wind interacting with the Earth's magnetic field lines.

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So the sun, which would be over there on the left somewhere, creates not only light but also solar wind of highly charged particles. As the solar wind hits, it compresses the field lines left of the poles. It squeezes them down. And when that happens, it shortens the field lines. It makes them stronger on that side in terms of flux strength.

At night, the opposite happens. At night, the interaction of the solar wind on the dark side of our planet stretches out the field lines into a very elongated teardrop shape. That weakens the field lines on that side. The flux strength per unit space goes down.

It's measurable every day and night.

Scientists use three basic types of instruments when surveying the magnetic field on the Earth's surface. One of them is a fluxgate magnetometer, which measures the change in these field lines at any spot you want to investigate. The second is an electrostatic voltmeter which measures the electric charge that's present in the air at the site. And the third is geological electrodes which you simply stick in the ground connected with about a hundred feet of wire with a voltmeter in between and you can record the electric current that's flowing through between them.

What happens literally everywhere on the Earth every day is that as our spot on the Earth rotates from the light side into the dark side, as night falls, the magnetic field lines weaken. You can measure this in your own back yard with such instruments. It's everywhere. As night falls, it weakens further, and then in the hours approaching dawn it starts to rotate back to the position where these elongated field lines on the right come snapping back like rubber bands that you've let go. There's a sudden surge in the strength of the geomagnetic field at your spot at that time.

What happens then?

This does something vital. It creates electric current in the ground, and in anything present that conducts electric current. The physics principle involved is called induction. That's actually the same way all the electricity that we use is generated in industrial power plants. The energy in our power plants is used to turn a giant magnet passing a whole mess of copper wiring, and the changing magnetic field as it crosses the copper wiring generates the electric current in that wiring that gives us our lights and heats our homes, etc. There's nothing esoteric or mysterious about this. This is simple physics of induction.

Cosmic particle precipitation

At the same time, charged cosmic particles come beaming down onto and through all materials on the Earth's surface according to the magnetic flux direction at any specific location. Statistically, there will be more of this action during the day than at the night, not due to the brightness or darkness of the sky, but because of the density or lack of density of the magnetic field at those times. The field is a magnetic funnel along which electrically charged particles traverse. If that funnel is strong, more particles will follow. If weak, less will follow.

It doesn't matter where those particles come from. Some come from the sun but the highest energy ones comes from far off in outer space from events far stronger than our rather average sized sun's radiation allows.

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Getting closer to that elusive "3 am" sound all day long is every audiophile's dream come true!

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Louis Motek |