Auroral signature of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in the jovian magnetosphere

R. Prangé, I. M. Engle, J. T. Clarke, M. Dunlop, G. E. Ballester, W. H. Ip, S. Maurice, J. Trauger

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The electrodynamic interaction of the dust and gas comae of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with the jovian magnetosphere was unique and different from the atmospheric effects. Early theoretical predictions of auroral-type processes on the comet magnetic field line and advanced modeling of the time-varying morphology of these lines allowed dedicated observations with the Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 and resulted in the detection of a bright auroral spot. In that respect, this observation of the surface signature of an externally triggered auroral process can be considered as a "magnetospheric active experiment" on Jupiter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1317-1320
Number of pages4
Issue number5202
StatePublished - Mar 3 1995
Externally publishedYes

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