Magnetic Field Alignments
While researching the aurorae of the Jovian planets in our solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) I discovered a very interesting correlation between their magnetic fields. As the above graphic clearly shows, regardless of their angle of rotation in relation to the orbital plane of the solar system, the axis of the planets’ magnetic fields more or less remain perpendicular to the orbital plane. Earth’s and even the extremely weak magnetic field of Mercury […]
MAVEN spacecraft observes unexpected aurora and dust cloud
NASA reports that its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft detected some unexpected auroral activity above the red planet for several days leading up to Christmas last year. The spacecraft, using its Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS), observed a bright ultraviolet glow spanning Mar’s northern hemisphere. Observations from the spacecraft’s Solar Energetic Particle instrument points to the Sun as the source for an energetic burst of electrons detected at the beginning of the aurora. MAVEN’s Langmuir Probe and Waves […]
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