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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lowest frequency radar echo from the moon

7.4075 Mhz signals from HAARP received by LWA on Oct. 28, 2007, 09:00 UTC. This figure shows the ionospheric reflections and the lunar echos of three of the more than 1400 HAARP pulses received by one of the LWA antennas in New Mexico. Credit: Naval Research Laboratory
"A team of scientists from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) Research Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and the University of New Mexico (UNM) has detected the lowest frequency radar echo from the moon ever seen with earth-based receivers."

LWA Big Blade Antenna. Credit: NRL
The lunar echo measurements at 7.4075 MHZ are believed to be the lowest frequency (longest wavelength) at which bistatic radar measurements have been conducted. "Even though lunar echoes have been detected before at higher frequencies, it was really exciting to see them arrive in real time out under the full moon in the New Mexico desert," says NRL's Hicks.
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