Bouncing a Signal off an Asteroid

The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is a research program that studies the Earth’s ionosphere, a region of the upper atmosphere that is affected by solar activity and other factors. The program is based at a research site in Gakona, Alaska, where researchers use radio transmitters to send signals into the ionosphere.

The purpose of transmitting radio signals to asteroid 2010 XC15 is likely to study the asteroid’s properties and to learn more about its composition and behavior. By studying asteroids like 2010 XC15, scientists can better understand the formation and evolution of the solar system.

HAARP to bounce signal off asteroid in NASA experiment

If you hear it, it will sound like a sweep up and then immediately down /\ or maybe it is down and then up, but it’s not just a repeating sweep in one direction.

The goal is to listen and see if you can hear an echo from a near-earth asteroid or some kind of big rock in space. If you can hear an echo, the HAARP people would love to get a recording of it.

The University of New Mexico Long Wavelength Array (LWA) and the Owens Valley Radio Observatory Long Wavelength Array (OVRO LWA) are both radio telescopes that are used to receive and study radio signals from space. These telescopes are able to detect and analyze radio waves at low frequencies, which can provide information about objects and phenomena in the universe.

HAARP is aiming its antennas at asteroid 2010 XC15

It is not uncommon for research programs like HAARP to collaborate with other institutions and use multiple telescopes to study celestial objects. By working together and using multiple instruments, scientists can gather more comprehensive data and gain a better understanding of the objects and phenomena they are studying.


• Ian J. O’Neill, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory,

• Rod Boyce University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, 907-474-7185,

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