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Visible and near-infrared nightglow of molecular oxygen in the atmosphere of Venus

Garcia-Munoz, Antonio; Mills, Franklin; Slanger, Tom George; Piccioni, G; Drossart, Pierre


The Herzberg II system of O2 has been a known feature of Venus' nightglow since the Venera 9 and 10 orbiters detected its c(0)-X(v") progression more than 3 decades ago. We search for its emission at 400 nm-700 nm in spectra obtained with the VIRTIS instrument on Venus Express. Despite the weakness of the signal, integration over a few hours of limb observations of the planet's upper atmosphere reveals the unambiguous pattern of the progression. The selected data sample mainly the northern...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research
DOI: 10.1029/2009JE003447


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