Surprise – Mars Has Auroras Too!
Artist’s conception of MAVEN observing the “Christmas Lights Aurora” on Mars. (University of Colorado)
Just a day after skywatchers at mid- to upper-latitudes around the world were treated to a particularly energetic display of auroras on the night of March 17 as a result of an intense geomagnetic storm, researchers announced findings from NASA’s MAVEN mission of auroral action observed on Mars – although in energetic ultraviolet wavelengths rather than visible light.
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