“This wasn’t just another aurora borealis triggered by solar winds; this one Pedersen made himself. He did it with the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (Haarp): a $250 million facility with a 30-acre array of antennas capable of spewing 3.6 megawatts of energy into the mysterious plasma of the ionosphere.”
Tell me this doesn’t sound strikingly similar to Lord Asriel’s expedition in Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy “His Dark Materials”? I’ve been waiting for an experiment like this for ages… unfortunately still waiting for a rip in the time-space continuum to appear in the aurora with a portal to a city in another world.
Perhaps not… but another excellent article by WIRED again… with some definite applicability to High Altitude Nuclear Explosions (HANE) national security concerns.