The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. For some reason I read that as Aural research. Dumb or what? …
From their front page links:
Originally posted by HAARP:
HAARP studies the properties and behavior of the ionosphere in order to understand and use it for both civilian and defense purposes.
The HAARP facility consists of:
The Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI) used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere for scientific study.
A sophisticated suite of scientific (or diagnostic) instruments that will be used to observe the physical processes that occur in the excited region.
Observation of the processes will allow scientists to understand processes caused by the sun.
Other studies include ionospheric characterization using satellite beacons, telescopic observation of the fine structure in the aurora, and documentation of long-term variations in the ozone layer.
That was the easy bit. I don't have a clue what all their data is showing. But there is an intro to the science:
I have collected a few pages on the subject since looking at it again. It seems fascinating. I was surprised to find the University of Colorado was not involved in the concept so I looked it up.
The concept for HARRP was a going concern before the researchers at an observatory at Yucca Ridge, Colorado found:
We found a total of probably nineteen of those things [above cloud lightning (Sprites)] on different shuttle flights, over time.
NASA TURNED TO WALT LYONS, A WORLD EXPERT IN THE DETECTION OF DISTANT LIGHTNING STRIKES.
It appeared this whole new form of lightning not going down but going up. Naturally the safety people were concerned and said, we'd better find out about this.
WALT LYON'S OBSERVATORY ON YUCCA RIDGE WAS PERFECT FOR HUNTING LIGHTNING. COLORADO'S CLEAR SKIES OFFERED VIEWS ABOVE STORMS UP TO A THOUSAND MILES AWAY IN TORNADO ALLEY. NASA GAVE LYONS THE JOB TO FILM ABOVE STORMS.
This very camera here came on 6th July 1993. We took it out of the box that very evening, we put it on a tripod and lo and behold, a massive thunderstorm in Kansas. It was lighting up the whole sky and I said, aha, this looks good, and I just sat and waited.
It was eleven o'clock and it was really fun to watch the lightning on this video enhanced image. Looking at it, that's impressive that's nice, twelve o'clock, nice but not much was happening.
Then: Bing! I saw something on the screen and said, what was that? And then another, and I said, oh boy. By the time the sun came up around four thirty, we had seen two hundred and fifty of these bings. We just picked the right light with the right storm, the perfect location. It was classic beginner's luck.
It turns out the research was at Colorado for the University of California. But the point was that the discovery came about 10 years after HAARP was st up.
All interesting stuff though. (If like me, you don't have a real life.)
The best is yet to come, won't that be fine
You think you've seen the sun, you ain't seen it shine
A new study at University of Colorado, Boulder shows the periodic "breathing" of Earth's upper atmosphere is due in part to cyclic solar wind disturbances.
Aerospace engineering sciences department Associate Professor Jeff Thayer said the thermosphere is known to expand and contract as it exchanges energy with the space environment, causing changes density. Changes in thermosphere density can alter the atmospheric drag of satellites he said.
While extreme ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the dominant mechanism that causes the thermosphere to "breathe," the study indicates high-speed wind from the sun triggers independent breathing episodes by creating geomagnetic disturbances, heating the thermosphere and altering its density.
The wind streams are generated by relatively cool pockets known as solar coronal holes that periodically rotate around the sun's surface.
A paper on the subject was presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union held Dec. 15 to Dec. 19 in San Francisco. Co-authors included Research Associate Jiuhou Lei, Professor Jeffrey Forbes, Research Associate Eric Sutton and Professor Steve Nerem of CU-Boulder's aerospace engineering sciences department.
les above Earth and extends to about 300 miles in altitude. The thermosphere gas is known to expand
The thermosphere begins at about 60 miles above Earth and extends to about 300 miles in altitude. The thermosphere gas is known to expand and contract on a 27-day solar rotation period. The new findings indicate periodic oscillations at four-to-five days, six-to-seven days and nine-to-11 days.
First it is new then it is tentative then it is caused by so and so -deleted.
It will be interest ing to see if there is a substance in this that can point to why and how variable stars vary.
And you could say that the research in agencies like HAARP are idealy suited to reseaching just such anomalies.