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See detailHubble Space Telescope observations of variation of the O I 135.6 nm/ O I 130.4 nm ratio in Ganymede’s atmosphere
Molyneux, P. M.; Nichols, J. D.; Bannister, N. P. et al

Poster (2015, June)

We present new high-sensitivity HST/COS measurements of the atmospheric O I 135.6 nm/ O I 130.4 nm ratio at Ganymede, which we show exhibits significant spatial and temporal variability. Specifically, the ... [more ▼]

We present new high-sensitivity HST/COS measurements of the atmospheric O I 135.6 nm/ O I 130.4 nm ratio at Ganymede, which we show exhibits significant spatial and temporal variability. Specifically, the ratios observed on Ganymede’s leading hemispheres vary between 2.14±0.03 and 2.67±0.02, while on the trailing hemisphere the ratios are observed to be between 0.98±0.02 and 1.53±0.03. These high-sensitivity observations increase the signal to noise of these measurements by an order of magnitude over previous HST/STIS observations of the same [1], thus confirming that the temporal variation suggested by these previous observations is real. The emissions are excited through electron-impact excitation of Ganymede’s oxygen atmosphere by electrons which are locally accelerated within its magnetosphere [2,3]. The variation in the ratio magnitude may be explained either by variations in the ratio of atomic to molecular oxygen in the atmosphere or by a change in the temperature of the electrons exciting the emissions. An increase in the proportion of molecular oxygen acts to increase the ratio, as does a cooler electron temperature.References [1] Feldman, P. D., McGrath, M. A., Strobel, D. F., Moos, H. W., Retherford, K. D. and Wolven, B. C., HST/STIS ultraviolet imaging of polar aurora on Ganymede, Astrophys. J., Vol. 535, pp. 1085-1090, 2000. [2] Hall, D. T., Feldman, P. D., McGrath, M. A. and Strobel, D. F., The far-ultraviolet oxygen airglow of Europa and Ganymede, Astrophys. J., Vol. 499, pp. 475-481, 1998. [3] Eviatar, A., Strobel, D. F., Wolven, B. C., Feldman, P. D., McGrath, M. A. and Williams, D. J., Excitation of the Ganymede ultraviolet aurora, Astrophys. J., Vol. 555, pp. 1013-1019, 2001. [less ▲]

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See detailThe structure and variability of Mars upper atmosphere as seen in MAVEN/IUVS dayglow observations
Jain, S. K.; Stewart, A. I. F.; Schneider, N. M. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2015)

We report a comprehensive study of Mars dayglow observations focusing on upper atmospheric structure and seasonal variability. We analyzed 744 vertical brightness profiles comprised of ∼109,300 spectra ... [more ▼]

We report a comprehensive study of Mars dayglow observations focusing on upper atmospheric structure and seasonal variability. We analyzed 744 vertical brightness profiles comprised of ∼109,300 spectra obtained with the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) satellite. The dayglow emission spectra show features similar to previous UV measurements at Mars. We find a significant drop in thermospheric scale height and temperature between LS = 218° and LS = 337-352°, attributed primarily to the decrease in solar activity and increase in heliocentric distance. We report the detection of a second, low-altitude peak in the emission profile of OI 297.2 nm, confirmation of the prediction that the absorption of solar Lyman alpha emission is an important energy source there. The CO2+ UV doublet peak intensity is well correlated with simultaneous observations of solar 17-22 nm irradiance at Mars. © 2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the Martian cold oxygen corona from the OI 130.4nm by IUVS/MAVEN
Chaufray, J. Y.; Deighan, J.; Chaffin, M. S. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2015)

First observations of the OI 130.4nm resonant line performed by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN) are presented in this paper ... [more ▼]

First observations of the OI 130.4nm resonant line performed by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN) are presented in this paper. This emission line is observed during the different orbit phases of MAVEN. The atomic oxygen density and the temperature at 200km are retrieved from an automatic pipeline using a radiative transfer model for resonant scattering lines for a selection of coronal profiles. These selected profiles are representative of the coronal scans done during the first months of the mission (from November 2014 to January 2015). The derived oxygen density and the temperature near the exobase are in the predicted range by the current thermospheric models of Mars for moderate solar activity, and some diurnal variations are observed. However, the absolute calibration of the instrument significantly limits the accuracy of density and temperature results. © 2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrieval of CO2 and N2 in the Martian thermosphere using dayglow observations by IUVS on MAVEN
Evans, J. S.; Stevens, M. H.; Lumpe, J. D. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2015)

We present direct number density retrievals of carbon dioxide (CO2) and molecular nitrogen (N2) for the upper atmosphere of Mars using limb scan observations during October and November 2014 by the ... [more ▼]

We present direct number density retrievals of carbon dioxide (CO2) and molecular nitrogen (N2) for the upper atmosphere of Mars using limb scan observations during October and November 2014 by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph on board NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. We use retrieved CO2 densities to derive temperature variability between 170 and 220km. Analysis of the data shows (1) low-mid latitude northern hemisphere CO2 densities at 170km vary by a factor of about 2.5, (2) on average, the N2/CO2 increases from 0.042±0.017 at 130km to 0.12±0.06 at 200km, and (3) the mean upper atmospheric temperature is 324±22K for local times near 14:00. © 2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThree-dimensional structure in the Mars H corona revealed by IUVS on MAVEN
Chaffin, M. S.; Chaufray, J. Y.; Deighan, J. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2015)

Loss of water to space via neutral hydrogen escape has been an important process throughout Martian history. Contemporary loss rates can be constrained through observations of the extended neutral ... [more ▼]

Loss of water to space via neutral hydrogen escape has been an important process throughout Martian history. Contemporary loss rates can be constrained through observations of the extended neutral hydrogen atmosphere of Mars in scattered sunlight at 121.6 nm. Historically, such observations have been interpreted with coupled density and radiative transfer models, inferring escape fluxes from brightness profiles gathered by flybys, orbiters, and telescope observations. Here we demonstrate that the spherical symmetry assumed by prior analyses cannot reproduce observations by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission. We present unique observations of the Mars H corona to large radial distances and mapping results from initial MAVEN science at Mars. These observations represent the first detection of three-dimensional structure in the H corona of Mars, with implications for understanding the atmosphere today and the loss of H to space throughout Martian history. © 2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailProbing the Martian atmosphere with MAVEN/IUVS stellar occultations
Gröller, H.; Yelle, R. V.; Koskinen, T. T. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2015)

The first campaign of stellar occultations with the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument on board of Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission was executed between 24 and 26 ... [more ▼]

The first campaign of stellar occultations with the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument on board of Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission was executed between 24 and 26 March 2015. From this campaign 13 occultations are used to retrieve CO2 and O2 number densities in the altitude range between 100 and 150 km. Observations probe primarily the low-latitude regions on the nightside of the planet, just past the dawn and dusk terminator. Calculation of temperature from the CO2 density profiles reveals that the lower thermosphere is significantly cooler than predicted by the models in the Mars Climate Database. A systematically cold layer with temperatures of 105-120 K is seen in the occultations at a pressure level around 7 × 10-6 Pa. © 2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMAVEN IUVS observation of the hot oxygen corona at Mars
Deighan, J.; Chaffin, M. S.; Chaufray, J.-Y. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2015)

Observation of the hot oxygen corona at Mars has been an elusive measurement in planetary science. Characterizing this component of the planet's exosphere provides insight into the processes driving loss ... [more ▼]

Observation of the hot oxygen corona at Mars has been an elusive measurement in planetary science. Characterizing this component of the planet's exosphere provides insight into the processes driving loss of oxygen at the current time, which informs understanding of the planet's climatic evolution. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument is now regularly collecting altitude profiles of the hot oxygen corona as part of its investigation of atmospheric escape from Mars. Observations obtained thus far have been examined and found to display the expected gross structure and variability with EUV forcing anticipated by theory. The quality and quantity of the data set provides valuable constraints for the coronal modeling community. © 2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailNew observations of molecular nitrogen in the Martian upper atmosphere by IUVS on MAVEN
Stevens, M. H.; Evans, J. S.; Schneider, N. M. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2015)

We identify molecular nitrogen (N2) emissions in the Martian upper atmosphere using the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) on NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission. We report ... [more ▼]

We identify molecular nitrogen (N2) emissions in the Martian upper atmosphere using the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) on NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission. We report the first observations of the N2 Lyman-Birge-Hopfield (LBH) bands at Mars and confirm the tentative identification of the N2 Vegard-Kaplan (VK) bands. We retrieve N2 density profiles from the VK limb emissions and compare calculated limb radiances between 90 and 210km against both observations and predictions from a Mars general circulation model (GCM). Contrary to earlier analyses using other satellite data, we find that N2 abundances exceed GCM results by about a factor of 2 at 130km but are in agreement at 150km. The analysis and interpretation are enabled by a linear regression method used to extract components of UV spectra from IUVS limb observations. © 2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailNonmigrating tides in the Martian atmosphere as observed by MAVEN IUVS
Lo, D. Y.; Yelle, R. V.; Schneider, N. M. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2015)

Using the Mars Atmospheric and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN) Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS), we found periodic longitudinal variations in CO2 density in the Martian atmosphere. These density ... [more ▼]

Using the Mars Atmospheric and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN) Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS), we found periodic longitudinal variations in CO2 density in the Martian atmosphere. These density variations are derived from observations of the CO2+ (B2Σ+→X2Π) emission from limb scans in the 100-190 km altitude range. The variations exhibit significant structure with longitudinal wave numbers 1, 2, and 3 in an effectively constant local solar time frame, and we attribute this structure to nonmigrating tides. The wave-2 component is dominated by the diurnal eastward moving DE1 tide at the equator and the semidiurnal stationary S0 tide at the midlatitudes. Wave-3 is dominated by the diurnal eastward moving DE2 tide, with possibly the semidiurnal eastward moving SE1 tide causing an amplitude increase at the midlatitudes. Structure in the wave-1 component can be explained by the semidiurnal westward moving SW1 tide. ©2015. American Geophysical Union. [less ▲]

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See detailUltraviolet observations of the hydrogen coma of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) by MAVEN/IUVS
Crismani, M. M. J.; Schneider, N. M.; Deighan, J. I. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2015)

We used the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) orbiting spacecraft to construct images of the hydrogen coma of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring ... [more ▼]

We used the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) orbiting spacecraft to construct images of the hydrogen coma of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) days before its close encounter with Mars. We obtain a water production rate of 1.1 ± 0.5 × 1028 molecules/s and determine the total impacting fluence of atoms and molecules corresponding to the photodissociation of water and its daughter species to be 2.4 ± 1.2 × 104 kg. We use these observations to confirm predictions that the mass of delivered hydrogen is comparable to the existing reservoir above 150 km. Furthermore, we reconcile disparity between observations and predictions about the detectability of the hydrogen perturbation and thermospheric response. © 2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery of diffuse aurora on Mars
Schneider, N. M.; Deighan, J. I.; Jain, S. K. et al

in Science (2015), 350(6261),

Planetary auroras reveal the complex interplay between an atmosphere and the surrounding plasma environment.We report the discovery of low-Altitude, diffuse auroras spanning much of Mars' northern ... [more ▼]

Planetary auroras reveal the complex interplay between an atmosphere and the surrounding plasma environment.We report the discovery of low-Altitude, diffuse auroras spanning much of Mars' northern hemisphere, coincident with a solar energetic particle outburst. The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph, a remote sensing instrument on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, detected auroral emission in virtually all nightside observations for ~5 days, spanning nearly all geographic longitudes. Emission extended down to ~60 kilometer (km) altitude (1 microbar), deeper than confirmed at any other planet. Solar energetic particles were observed up to 200 kilo-electron volts; these particles are capable of penetrating down to the 60 km altitude. Given minimal magnetic fields over most of the planet, Mars is likely to exhibit auroras more globally than Earth. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic auroral storms on Saturn as observed by the Hubble Space Telescope
Nichols, J. D.; Badman, S. V.; Baines, K. H. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2014), 41

We present observations of significant dynamics within two UV auroral storms observed on Saturn using the Hubble Space Telescope in April/May 2013. Specifically, we discuss bursts of auroral emission ... [more ▼]

We present observations of significant dynamics within two UV auroral storms observed on Saturn using the Hubble Space Telescope in April/May 2013. Specifically, we discuss bursts of auroral emission observed at the poleward boundary of a solar wind-induced auroral storm, propagating at ˜330% rigid corotation from near ˜01 h LT toward ˜08 h LT. We suggest that these are indicative of ongoing, bursty reconnection of lobe flux in the magnetotail, providing strong evidence that Saturn's auroral storms are caused by large-scale flux closure. We also discuss the later evolution of a similar storm and show that the emission maps to the trailing region of an energetic neutral atom enhancement. We thus identify the auroral form with the upward field-aligned continuity currents flowing into the associated partial ring current. [less ▲]

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See detailThe energy the auroral electrons in Saturn's atmosphere : remote sensing and thermal consequences
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

Poster (2011, October)

Saturn’s north aurora has been observed between January and May 2011 with the Hubble Space Telescope. The objective was to collect spatially resolved spectra at the different local time from dawn to dusk ... [more ▼]

Saturn’s north aurora has been observed between January and May 2011 with the Hubble Space Telescope. The objective was to collect spatially resolved spectra at the different local time from dawn to dusk and compare them with laboratory or synthetic spectra. For this purpose, HST was programmed to slew from mid-latitudes through the auroral oval up to above the limb while collecting data in the timetag mode. The spectra show signatures of absorption by hydrocarbons present above the peak of the auroral emission. The amount of absorption and implications in terms of penetration of the auroral electron beam into Saturn’s atmosphere will be discussed and compared with other determinations of the altitude of the aurora. The effects of the auroral heat import on the thermal structure of the atmosphere both at high and low altitudes will be examined in the light of these results. [less ▲]

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See detailInside the Jupiter Main Auroral Emissions: Flares, Spots, Arc...and Satellite Footprints?
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Vogt, M. F.; Yoneda, M. et al

Conference (2011, July 11)

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See detailThe multiple spots of the Ganymede footprint
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Hess, S.; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

Poster (2011, July 11)

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See detailSaturn Auroral Movies from Cassini UVIS
Pryor, W. R.; Stewart, I.; Esposito, L. W. et al

in American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2009 (2009, December 01)

Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) continues to obtain Saturn auroral data. Two long slit spectral channels are used to obtain EUV data from 56.3-118.2 nm and FUV data from 111.5-191.3 nm ... [more ▼]

Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) continues to obtain Saturn auroral data. Two long slit spectral channels are used to obtain EUV data from 56.3-118.2 nm and FUV data from 111.5-191.3 nm. 64 spatial pixels along each slit are combined with slit motion to construct spectral images of Saturn. Auroral emissions are seen from electron-excited molecular and atomic hydrogen. In 2007-2009 UVIS obtained data with the spacecraft well out of Saturn's ring plane, permitting UVIS to obtain a number of short movies of the rotating auroral structures. Selected movies will be presented with geometric overlays and in polar projections. In some movies a cusp-like feature is present near noon inside the oval. One movie from 2008 day 201 shows parallel linear features on the day side almost at right angles to the main auroral oval that appear, then lengthen, separate in the middle, and then fade away. Other movies show similar cusp-related structures that resemble the letter "Q" where a dynamical feature at right angles to the oval moves away from the cusp region. The 2008 day 201 movie also shows one bright "polar flare" inside the oval with a spectrally distinct signature indicating the presence of higher energy electrons. A few of the most recent images were obtained at sufficiently close range that 2 spacecraft slews were needed to completely cover the oval. These images provide almost 100 pixels of information across the oval and clearly show multiple arcs of emission on the main oval and scattered emissions inside the oval. Several frames show emissions associated with the footprint of the Enceladus field line. We will discuss these features, their locations, and possible interpretations. [less ▲]

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See detailRecurrent energization of plasma in the midnight-to-dawn quadrant of Saturn's magnetosphere, and its relationship to auroral UV and radio emissions
Mitchell, D. G.; Krimigis, S. M.; Paranicas, C. et al

in Planetary and Space Science (2009), 57

We demonstrate that under some magnetospheric conditions protons and oxygen ions are accelerated once per Saturn magnetosphere rotation, at a preferred local time between midnight and dawn. Although ... [more ▼]

We demonstrate that under some magnetospheric conditions protons and oxygen ions are accelerated once per Saturn magnetosphere rotation, at a preferred local time between midnight and dawn. Although enhancements in energetic neutral atom (ENA) emission may in general occur at any local time and at any time in a Saturn rotation, those enhancements that exhibit a recurrence at a period very close to Saturn's rotation period usually recur in the same magnetospheric location. We suggest that these events result from current sheet acceleration in the 15-20 Rs range, probably associated with reconnection and plasmoid formation in Saturn's magnetotail. Simultaneous auroral observations by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (UVIS) suggest a close correlation between these dynamical magnetospheric events and dawn-side transient auroral brightenings. Likewise, many of the recurrent ENA enhancements coincide closely with bursts of Saturn kilometric radiation, again pointing to possible linkage with high latitude auroral processes. We argue that the rotating azimuthal asymmetry of the ring current pressure revealed in the ENA images creates an associated rotating field aligned current system linking to the ionosphere and driving the correlated auroral processes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe very busy auroral footprint of Ganymede
Grodent, Denis ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg et al

Conference (2009, September 13)

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See detailRecurrent Energization of Plasma in the Midnight-to-Dawn Quadrant of Saturn's Magnetosphere, and its Relationship to Auroral UV and Radio Emissions
Mitchell, D.; Krimigis, S.; Paranicas, C. et al

Poster (2009, August 11)

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