(Posh Goth) Cambridge, MA - Much to the delight of goths worldwide, Researchers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts are working on an experiment to block out the sun by way of geoengineering the reflection of the sun.
In basic terms, the experiment will consist of launching a balloon (that will be steered by the researchers on the ground) approximately 12.5 miles above Earth's atmosphere, where it will release calcium carbonate particles into the air.
The real reason for this experiment is not to appease the goth community, however. The scientists are trying to see if they are able to control Earth's temperature that is in limbo due to the ongoing and damaging effects of climate change.
The calcium carbonate particles will be released into our skies in an effort to cool the planet by reverse engineering sun rays away from Earth and back into space. Fun fact: we already know this is possible. In 1991, Mt. Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines, releasing approximately 20 million tonnes of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. These sulfur dioxide particles cooled the planet down roughly 0.5°C, and this temperature drop maintained itself for 18 months.
The Harvard experiment will be the first of its kind, as the only research that has been done to date has been through use of computer models.
Called the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx), the project will cost around $3 million and is slated to launch this year.
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