This summer, a layer of the atmosphere over Europe half the size of Britain experienced an electric spike, as a secretive Russian facility pumped radio waves high into the sky.
On June 12, Russians, working with China, heated the ionosphere over the town of Vasilsursk in eastern Europe by 100 degrees.
Military experts, including in America, have been vying to control the ‘ionosphere’ for decades, with some hoping it can block satellite signals from enemy nations.
The ionosphere is a layer of our atmosphere which is ionised, lying from 46 to 621 miles above our planet, according to the South China Morning Post.
The Russian Sura Ionospheric Heating Facility used radio waves to heat the ionosphere, and monitored the experiment using a Chinese satellite.
The researchers pronounced it a success.
Professor Guo Lixin at Xidian University in China said, Such international cooperation is very rare for China. The technology involved is too sensitive.’
The researchers said, ‘The detection of plasma disturbances on June 12 … provides evidence for likely success of future related experiments.’
The American equivalent, HAARP – the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, built in 1993 – is an Alaskan research station which performs radar experiments on Earth’s ionosphere.
It’s been frequently linked to conspiracy theories, including the idea that its rays can control minds, or that they are ‘attacking’ Russian spacecraft.