New Science in Plain Sight: Citizen Scientists Lead to the Discovery of Optical Structure in the Upper Atmosphere [STUB]

Abstract: A glowing ribbon of purple light running east-west in the night sky has recently been observed by citizen scientists. This narrow, subauroral, visible structure, distinct from the traditional auroral oval, was largely undocumented in the scientific literature and little was known about its formation. Amateur photo sequences showed colors distinctly different from common types of aurora and occasionally indicated magnetic field aligned substructures. Observations from the Swarm satellite as it…

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