Unveiling Mars nightside mesosphere dynamics by IUVS/MAVEN global images of NO nightglow

DOI: 
Publication date: 
01/09/2017
Main author: 
Stiepen, A.
IAA authors: 
Gonzàlez-Galindo, F.
Authors: 
Stiepen, A.;Jain, S. K.;Schneider, N. M.;Milby, Z.;Deighan, J. I.;Gonzàlez-Galindo, F.;Gérard, J. -C.;Forget, F.;Bougher, S.;Stewart, A. I. F.;Royer, E.;Stevens, M. H.;Evans, J. S.;Chaffin, M. S.;Crismani, M.;McClintock, W. E.;Clarke, J. T.;Holsclaw, G. W.;Montmessin, F.;Lo, D. Y.
Journal: 
European Planetary Science Congress
Refereed: 
No
Publication type: 
Article
Volume: 
11
Pages: 
EPSC2017
Abstract: 

We analyze the morphology of the ultraviolet nightglow in the Martian upper atmosphere through Nitric Oxide (NO) δ and γ bands emissions observed by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph instrument on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft. The seasonal dynamics of the Martian thermosphere-mesosphere can be constrained based on the distribution of these emissions. We show evidence for local (emission streaks and splotches) and global (longitudinal and seasonal) variability in brightness of the emission and provide quantitative comparisons to GCM simulations.

Database: 
ADS
URL: 
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2017EPSC...11..217S/abstract
ADS Bibcode: 
2017EPSC...11..217S