The Importance of Exploring Neptune’s Aurora and Ionosphere

Tom Stallard, Abi Rymer, Ian Cohen, Steve Miller, Henrik Melin, James O'Donoghue, Luke Moore, Ron Vervack, Emma Thomas, Nahid Chowdhury, Karl Mitchell, Frank Crary, John Clarke

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Abstract

Whitepaper #261 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: atmospheric/exospheric evolution; giant planets systems

Neptune’s aurorae are some of the least well understood within the entire solar system. Observing them with in-situ space missions will greatly improve our understanding of the aurorae and their atmospheric and magnetospheric context, and will provide a new understanding of all Ice Giant aurorae, both within the solar system and around other stars.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalBulletin of the AAS
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

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