PIA26304: MAVEN Detects Auroras During Solar Storm in 2024
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  MAVEN
 Spacecraft:  MAVEN
 Instrument:  Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) 
 Product Size:  1800 x 1800 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  University of Colorado 
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The purple color in this animated GIF shows auroras across Mars' nightside as detected by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph instrument aboard NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) orbiter. The brighter the purple, the more auroras were present. Taken as waves of energetic particles from a solar storm were arriving at Mars, the sequence pauses at the end, when the wave of the most energetic particles arrived and overwhelmed the instrument with noise.

MAVEN took these images between May 14 and 20, 2024, as the spacecraft orbited below Mars, looking up at the nightside of the planet (Mars' south pole can be seen on the right, in full sunlight).

MAVEN's principal investigator is based at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder. LASP is also responsible for managing science operations and public outreach and communications. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the MAVEN mission. Lockheed Martin Space built the spacecraft and is responsible for mission operations. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California provides navigation and Deep Space Network support. The MAVEN team is preparing to celebrate the spacecraft's 10th year at Mars in September 2024.

For more information about MAVEN, visit http://mars.nasa.gov/maven

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NASA/University of Colorado/LASP

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