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Auroral Substorm from Polar

This movie is an auroral substorm event observed by the visible light camera aboard the Polar spacecraft.

Because the visible light camera records in a single broad range of wavelengths, we do not have color imagery of the event. For this movie we will color the aurora green since that is the dominant color in most cases. The VIS camera is also low resolution so the fine aurora details visible from the ground are not apparent in this movie.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Rani Gran (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Vassilis Angelopoulos (University of California, Berkeley): Scientist
David G. Sibeck (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Harald Frey (University of California, Berkeley): Scientist
Nicola Fox (Johns Hopkins University/APL): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
Polar/VIS 1997-01-12T05:32:00UT - 1997-01-12T09:08:54UT

This item is part of this series:
Auroral Substorms - the View from Space

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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version