On This Day in Space! Feb. 27, 1942: J.S. Hey discovers radio emissions from the sun

Home News Spaceflight On Feb. 27, 1942, a British physicist named James Stanley Hey accidentally found out that the sun emits radio waves. Hey was working for the Army Operational Research Group in the middle of World War II. His job was to find ways to stop the Germans from jamming British radars.A decade of solar…

On Feb. 27, 1942, a British physicist named James Stanley Whats up unintentionally chanced on out that the solar emits radio waves. 

Whats up was working for the Military Operational Evaluate Team within the guts of World War II. His job was to search out systems to pause the Germans from jamming British radars.

A snippet of the new solar time-lapse video.

A decade of solar exercise for the solar is shown in this animation.  (Image credit: NASA/Goddard House Flight Center)

Whats up purchased reports that anti-aircraft radars had been experiencing excessive noise jamming. In diversified words, international radio-frequency signals had been interfering with the radars’ ability to characteristic. 

When he investigated the signals, he realized that they weren’t coming from Nazis — they had been coming from the solar! More particularly, they had been coming from an active sunspot. 

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