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Solar Wind Aeroscope at STRANGE WEATHER

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18.07.14–05.10.14 STRANGE WEATHER: FORECASTS FROM THE FUTURE A free exhibition exploring how humans are attempting to understand, adapt to and control our changing weather. SOLAR WIND AEROSCOPE - JONAS HANSEN & LASSE SCHERFFIG (GE The Solar Wind Aeroscope is an artistic instrument dealing with atmospheric conditions that depend on ‘space weather’ a storm of electromagnetic particles from the sun that constantly affects our atmosphere. It uses an Internet connection (in the gallery) or a radio receiver (in the wild) to measure radio signal range. This is accomplished through a global network of amateur HAM-radio stations known as WSPRnet. The signals from this network stem from places all over the world and often travel for thousands of kilometers. This is only possible because space weather causes an ionised layer at the border between earth and space, known as ionosphere. Radio waves may repeatedly bounce off the ionosphere and thus reach places they normally couldn’t reach—depending on how well they are reflected. Because the ionosphere and its reflectivity change with the solar wind, the activity of the WSPRnet echoes space weather conditions. ABOUT STRANGE WEATHER: We are obsessed with the weather. It is a powerful, shared daily experience, offering us an immediate talking point with which to engage our fellow citizens. Yet when we talk about climate change the sense of guilt or powerlessness is enough to kill the conversation. By engaging both weather and climate in a playful, provocative way, we hope to leapfrog over current polarised public debates. STRANGE WEATHER propels you to forecast your own fate on a changing planet with an uncertain future. Find out more at
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