Scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and NASA want to examine the 2010 space rock XC15 to test their preparation against Apophis. This dangerous asteroid could hit our planet in 2029. It is believed that on April 13, 2029, Apophis will be 10 times closer to Earth than the moon, UFO Sightings Hotspot reported .
Researchers will use the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) network to beam 9.6 megahertz radio waves onto the 153-meter-wide asteroid 2010 XC15.
HAARP is a government-funded research program that typically studies the ionosphere (part of Earth’s atmosphere between 80 and 640 km above the surface). However, this will be the first time it has been used to examine an asteroid.
Astronomers beam radio waves into space to locate asteroids, determine their shape, path, surface structure and many other features. For this purpose, they use radio waves whose frequencies are either in the S-band (2000-4000 MHz) or in the X-band (8000-12000 MHz).
Interestingly, to probe 2010 XC15, the researchers are using much lower frequency (9.6 MHz) and longer wavelength waves because this time they don’t just want to explore the surface of the XC15. ‘asteroid. They want to know what’s inside.
Information about the interiors could reveal important details about the damage an asteroid could cause and help scientists develop an effective counter-strategy.
Flashback: On December 27, the distance between 2010 XC15 and Earth was about twice the distance between Earth and the Moon. HAARP emitted 9.6 million radio waves every second in that direction, and this process was repeated every two seconds.
This test is crucial because if researchers manage to examine 2010 XC15 using low frequency radio waves at such a long distance. They could then easily use the same method to analyze Apophis.
Although the 2029 asteroid has a high chance of missing Earth, the consequences could be catastrophic if it does.
For example, in response to an FAQ that explores the possibility of Apophis hitting Earth, The Planetary Society wrote on its website: “Apophis would cause widespread destruction up to several hundred miles from its impact site. The energy released would be equal to more than 1,000 megatons of TNT, or tens or hundreds of nuclear weapons. »
Moreover, Apophis is only one asteroid. Many asteroids will pass close to Earth or may even hit it in the future. Low-frequency radio waves could play a key role in understanding the composition of these mysterious space objects and, at the same time, help us strengthen our planetary defense mechanism.
However, before any of this can happen, HAARP and its low-frequency radio waves will need to pass their first test, which was actually conducted on December 27.
If the experiment worked, the pulses also reached asteroid 2010 XC15, which passed close to Earth on December 27 at a distance of 770,000 km. NASA and University of Alaska researchers sent shortwave radio signals to 2010 XC15 to probe the interior of the asteroid – a first if the experiment works. They are still awaiting confirmation that the reflections have been received, as expected, by antenna arrays in California and New Mexico.
They claim that the 2029 asteroid Apophis has a high chance of missing Earth, but the fact that they are performing this first test indicates that they are not 100% sure whether it will hit it or not.
It’s also worth noting that they want to know what’s inside asteroids, like Apophis, but what if they find out that the inside of an asteroid is made up of advanced technology, a ship hollow spacecraft built by aliens and disguised as an asteroid, like the famous space rock “Oumuamua”.