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Painting The Sky

Create massive art images in the ionosphere using an artificial aurora generator.
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OK. Not so fast with the fishbones.

This one isn't that crazy.

There exists an artificial aurora generator in Alaska. It's part of a project (sorry don't have a link right now) to study the Aurora Borealis.

The way it works is that it is a high energy directional antennae that points straight up, and when "fired" produces a momentary, but artificial aurora.

I'm proposing a device that would be a slight modification of that one which would scan a part of the sky, firing in such a way as to create "pixels" in the ionosphere, similar to a cathode ray picture tube.

Images would no doubt be whifty and odd, but it's all about stretching the boundaries of art... in this case the sky IS the limit.

zigness, Feb 27 2004

HIPAS http://www.physics....ab/indexhright.html
High Power Auroral Stimulation [Laughs Last, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

See bottom of page 16/23. [Laughs Last, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Sky Art Conference http://www.aec.at/e...asp?iProjectID=9375
1982 paper on "New Wave Ruby Falls" [Cube, Jan 27 2006]

Paint Everything Green Paint_20Everything_20Green
Resurrected after the crash [yamahito, Jan 27 2006]


       I'm waiting for the utility bill to come in - if you think running the heater was expensive......
normzone, Feb 27 2004

       I love the thought and hope that you can find a link. I am interested in knowing more about the study.
bristolz, Feb 27 2004

       I guess its safe to say that i like the idea! +
nomadic_wonderer, Feb 28 2004

       HAARP was the project I was thinking of, but I couldn't remember it... thanks for the link.
zigness, Feb 28 2004

       When I was going to MIT in the 80s, there was an artist name Joe Davis at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies who had an eye patch and a peg leg. Joe had a project called "New Wave Ruby Falls," an ion generator deployed from the space shuttle designed to create an artificial Aurora Borealis. After the Challenger disaster, Joe's art project was dropped from the payload roster.
Cube, Jan 27 2006

       Argh! Those pennypinchers in the Whitehouse eh!, Won't spend billions of pounds lauching some students art project into orbit....I just wish they would spend more on the space program~
Minimal, Jan 27 2006

       The fools in the Whitehouse never spend pounds.
bristolz, Jan 27 2006

       I meant billions of pounds worth of dollars... :)   

       Where I am, fools spend pounds.....
Minimal, Jan 27 2006

wagster, Jan 27 2006


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