• Question: Why can't you whistle on the moon?

    Asked by bubble to Arlene, Colin, David, Eugene, Paul on 16 Nov 2012.
    • Photo: David McKeown

      David McKeown answered on 16 Nov 2012:

      Super question Bubble.

      So if you are on the moon and want to stay alive you have to wear a space suit. So the question becomes why can’t you whistle in a space suit? Well it is to do with air pressure.

      So when you whistle you push air through your mouth and lips and cause a turbulent airstream which moves about fast enough that it can be hear by human ears.

      In a space suit the air pressure in about 1/3 of what is on earth, which means less air molecules in the air to vibrate, which means you can’t create a stream of air which vibrates fast enough to hear, which means no whistle.