The magnetosphere is connected to the ionosphere through currents of particles which are known to affect the heating and other properties of the upper atmosphere.
Observations from the IMAGE satellite's RPI instrument, combined
with data from the Polar satelite's PWI instrument have uncovered seasonal changes in the Auroral Kilometric Radiation emitted by electrons accelerated in the polar auroral regions.
The AKR emissions are more intense during the winter than during
summer, and the auroral density cavity is at lower altitudes
during the winter than the summer. The IMAGE-Polar long term study since 2000
also disproved a 'popular' belief among space physicists that AKR emissions are more intense during solar maximum than solar minimum. The studies found evidence for just the opposite behavior.
(2003: Green et al.)
Related IMAGE Discoveries
Dr. S. Odenwald, email@example.com,
NSSDC, Mail Code 630, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,
Greenbelt, MD 20771
NASA Approval: J. L. Green, James.Green@nasa.gov
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