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See detailHST STIS Observations of Saturn's Auroral Variations Concurrent with the Cassini Solar Wind Campaign in Jan. 2004
Clarke, J. T.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

Conference (2004, May 17)

Saturn's magnetosphere is often referred to as "intermediate between the cases of the Earth and Jupiter". Due to very limited measurements of Saturn's magnetosphere and auroral activity, however, it has ... [more ▼]

Saturn's magnetosphere is often referred to as "intermediate between the cases of the Earth and Jupiter". Due to very limited measurements of Saturn's magnetosphere and auroral activity, however, it has never been clear in detail what this statement means. A recent campaign of HST STIS UV imaging of Saturn's aurora has been carried out over 8-30 Jan. 2004 concurrent with measurements of the approaching solar wind by Cassini. This imaging set is much more comprehensive than any earlier observations of Saturn's aurora, obtained at a time when Saturn's southern auroral oval is completely visible due to the large apparent tilt of Saturn. The data provide the opportunity to determine the mean distribution of the auroral emissions, the degree of corotation of any bright regions, any variations with local time of the emissions, the latitudinal motions of the main oval with time and location, and other parameters. In addition, each of these can be compared with the approaching solar wind conditions and Saturn's kilometric radiation (SKR) intensity from Cassini measurements. Quick looks at the data from HST and Cassini demonstrate that the measurements have been made successfully, and the coverage includes dramatic variations in Saturn's auroral activity as well as at least two solar wind shocks passing Cassini. This presentation will concentrate on the measured properties of Saturn's aurora in the context of comparisons with the magnetospheres of the Earth and Jupiter. [less ▲]

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See detailThe HST Campaign on Jupiter's Aurora during the Cassini Flyby
Clarke, J. T.; Grodent, Denis ULg; Waite, J. H. et al

Conference (2002, July 29)

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See detailThe HST Campaign on Jupiter's Aurora during the Cassini Flyby
Clarke, J. T.; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2002, June 17)

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See detailUltraviolet emissions from the magnetic footprints of Io, Ganymede and Europa on Jupiter
Clarke, J. T.; Ajello, Joseph M.; Ballester, G. et al

in Nature (2002), 415(6875), 997-1000

Io leaves a magnetic footprint on Jupiter's upper atmosphere that appears as a spot of ultraviolet emission that remains fixed underneath Io as Jupiter rotates(1-3). The specific physical mechanisms ... [more ▼]

Io leaves a magnetic footprint on Jupiter's upper atmosphere that appears as a spot of ultraviolet emission that remains fixed underneath Io as Jupiter rotates(1-3). The specific physical mechanisms responsible for generating those emissions are not well understood, but in general the spot seems to arise because of an electromagnetic interaction between Jupiter's magnetic field and the plasma surrounding Io, driving currents of around 1 million amperes down through Jupiter's ionosphere(4-6). The other galilean satellites may also leave footprints, and the presence or absence of such footprints should illuminate the underlying physical mechanism by revealing the strengths of the currents linking the satellites to Jupiter. Here we report persistent, faint, far-ultraviolet emission from the jovian footprints of Ganymede and Europa. We also show that Io's magnetic footprint extends well beyond the immediate vicinity of Io's flux-tube interaction with Jupiter, and much farther than predicted theoretically(4-6); the emission persists for several hours downstream. We infer from these data that Ganymede and Europa have persistent interactions with Jupiter's magnetic field despite their thin atmospheres. [less ▲]

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See detailHST Observations of Aurora from the Magnetic Footprints of Io, Ganymede, and Europa during the Millennium Campaign
Clarke, J. T.; Grodent, Denis ULg; Connerney, J. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2001, November 01)

UV images of Jupiter's aurora obtained with the HST STIS instrument reveal much detail in the distribution of emissions from Io's magnetic footprint on Jupiter, including extended trails of emission in ... [more ▼]

UV images of Jupiter's aurora obtained with the HST STIS instrument reveal much detail in the distribution of emissions from Io's magnetic footprint on Jupiter, including extended trails of emission in the downstream direction. Emissions are also seen from the magnetic footprints of Ganymede and Europa, relatively much fainter and point-like in spatial extent. Knowledge of the statistical properties of these emissions, in terms of their locations and brightnesses, was greatly advanced in a comprehensive series of images obtained during the Millennium campaign in Dec. 2000 - Jan. 2001. These images provide sufficient spatial coverage to give a good indication of the auroral oval locations mapping to Io and Ganymede, and a few points mapping to Europa. The observed variations in footprint properties provide indications of the nature of the electrodynamic interactions of the satellites with Jupiter's magnetic field. These and other indicators also show the direction that magnetic field models should take to better describe Jupiter's internal magnetic field. Contributing evidence comes from the locus of footprint latitudes, and their deviations from the VIP4 model. The latitudinal distance between the Io and Ganymede footprint loci indicates variations in the local field strength, with larger separations corresponding to a weaker field. These separations, and the distance from and distortion of the main oval, indicate an anomalously weak field region in the north near 90[SUP]o[/SUP] longitude. This work has been supported by NASA in STScI grants GO-08171-97A and GO-08657-01A to the University of Michigan. [less ▲]

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See detailA dawn auroral storm on Jupiter: measurement of complex hydocarbons
Clarke, J. T.; Gladstone, R.; Pryor, W. et al

Conference (2000, December)

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See detailHST/STIS Observations of a Dawn Auroral Storm on Jupiter
Clarke, J. T.; Gladstone, R.; Pryor, W. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2000, October 01)

The HST/STIS recorded a detailed time series of images and spectra of the UV emissions from a dawn auroral storm on Jupiter on 21 Sept. 1999. The images show complex and evolving fine structure in the ... [more ▼]

The HST/STIS recorded a detailed time series of images and spectra of the UV emissions from a dawn auroral storm on Jupiter on 21 Sept. 1999. The images show complex and evolving fine structure in the storm, while the emission center remained along the main oval and near dawn in magnetic local time. We serendipitously recorded low resolution UV spectra of the north-south spatial distribution of the auroral emissions. These spectra show far stronger hydrocarbon absorptions than observed in any previous auroral spectra. This indicates an unusually deep penetration of the incident primary particles with respect to the neutral atmosphere, and correspondingly high energy of the primary particles. We can thus use these spectra to identify many complex hydrocarbons in Jupiter's auroral atmosphere which are not normally measured in auroral spectra. These results will be presented along with model fits to the spectra derived both from fitting the observed hydrocarbon absorption features and from comparison with a photochemical model for the expected composition of the auroral atmosphere. This research has been supported by grant GO-8171.01-97A from the Space Telescope Science Institute to the University of Michigan. [less ▲]

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See detailHST/STIS images of UV auroral footprints from Io, Europa, and Ganymede.
Clarke, J. T.; Ajello, J.; Ballester, G. E. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (1999)

Ultraviolet images of Jupiter's aurora have been obtained with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) since September 1997 with much higher sensitivity than ... [more ▼]

Ultraviolet images of Jupiter's aurora have been obtained with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) since September 1997 with much higher sensitivity than earlier cameras. Higher sensitivity permits shorter exposures, freezing Jupiter's rotation and providing the highest angular resolution obtained to date. This combination of sensitivity and resolution has revealed new emissions from the magnetic footprints of Io, Europa, and Ganymede, which will be reported and discussed. Io's auroral footprint, while well studied with earlier cameras, appears highly extended at a low brightness in the wake or plasma flow direction. Ganymede's auroral footprint emission is now well established from the repeated appearance of this feature under the magnetic field trace of Ganymede, and there is initial evidence for auroral emission at Europa's magnetic footprint. Ganymede's auroral footprint appears consistently equatorward of the main auroral oval, which clearly constrains the main oval auroral currents to originate from beyond about 20 R_J. The observation that the main oval emissions are observed to corotate with Jupiter's magnetic field further constrains the origin of these currents to be within about 30 R_J, so that the source region for the main oval auroral is now fairly well constrained to a region in Jupiter's middle magnetosphere and within the current sheet. This work was supported by NASA under grant GO-7308.01-96A to the University of Michigan. [less ▲]

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See detailHST Observations of Jupiter's Aurora Simultaneous with GALILEO Measurements
Clarke, J. T.; Ballester, G.; Trauger, J. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (1997, July 01)

An HST observing program is underway to obtain images and spectra of Jupiter's ultraviolet aurora during key events in the GALILEO orbiter mission, including remote observations of the nightside aurora ... [more ▼]

An HST observing program is underway to obtain images and spectra of Jupiter's ultraviolet aurora during key events in the GALILEO orbiter mission, including remote observations of the nightside aurora and measurements of the magnetic field and charged particle environments. We have obtained WFPC 2 images and GHRS spectra of Jupiter's aurora overlapping with GALILEO measurements during GALILEO orbits G1 (June 1996), G2 (Sept. 1996), G7 (April 1997), and G8 (May 1997), and at the time of writing we are scheduling STIS spectra for summer 1997. The WFPC 2 images appear similar to earlier reported auroral images, with the main oval at the same location observed over the last 2 years, rapidly variable emission poleward of the main oval, and the Io footprint with a similar longitudinal offset from the local magnetic field. Spectra were obtained of auroral emission features including the northern and southern main ovals, the diffuse emission poleward of the main oval, and the northern and southern Io footprints. These spectra will be presented with estimates of the overlying hydrocarbon columns, the energy of the exciting electrons, the rotational temperature of the emitting hydrogen, and the overlying column of atomic hydrogen. This work was supported by NASA under contract JPL 959122 and grants GO-5828.01-94A and GO-6743.01-95A to the University of Michigan. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations of short time scale variability of the Jovian UV aurora and simulation of morphological patterns
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Dols, V. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (1997, July 01)

A database of far ultraviolet auroral images collected with the Faint Object Camera and Wide Field Planetary Camera (WFPC2) on board the Hubble Space Telescope has been constructed over the last five ... [more ▼]

A database of far ultraviolet auroral images collected with the Faint Object Camera and Wide Field Planetary Camera (WFPC2) on board the Hubble Space Telescope has been constructed over the last five years. Some morphological features are recurrent but significant time variations are also observed. A set of WFPC2 images obtained in May 1997 shows that, within a relatively stable general morphology, variations occur inside the polar cap in 4 minutes or less, implying short timescale acceleration processes. A model simulating Earth view of auroral arcs and diffuse emissions in the north polar region has been developed. Simple geometric cases are described to illustrate the dependence on the altitude, atmospheric scale height and central meridian planetary longitude of an idealized auroral morphology seen from Earth orbit. The numerical simulation makes it possible to assess the importance of limb brightening and the contribution from high altitude auroral emission located behind the planetary limb. As an application, four images obtained with WFPC2 are used to determine the characteristics of their auroral (discrete and diffuse) structures. The apparent brightness distribution along the arcs may only be reproduced if intrinsic longitudinal (or local time) variations are introduced, in addition to the path length effects of the viewing geometry. [less ▲]

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See detailHubble Space Telescope far-ultraviolet imaging of Jupiter during the impacts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
Clarke, J. T.; Prange, R.; Ballester, G. E. et al

in Highlights of Astronomy, Vol. 10 (1995)

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See detailAuroral Signature of the Interaction of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with the Jovian Magnetosphere
Prangé; Emerich, C.; Rego, D. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (1994, June 01)

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