Top 40 for Space Junk

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Australian astronomers have an unconventional method for finding space debris using Top 40 radio and talk shows.

    Australian astronomers are using Top-40 mixes over FM airwaves to help locate space junk orbiting around Earth.  As your favorite pop hits and talk radio shows play, they bounce off thousands of objects orbiting the Earth which allows the team track the debris, with the help of the Murchison Widefield Array.  Astronomers say they can detect about 10 pieces of junk simultaneously.