THEMIS/ASI Nights - High Resolution

  • Released Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
  • Updated Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 at 12:00AM
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A collection of ground-based All-Sky Imagers (ASI) makes an important component of the THEMIS mission in understanding the interaction of the magnetosphere and aurora. It is sometimes referred to as the sixth THEMIS satellite. Descriptions of the instruments are available on the THEMIS-Canada Home Page. Imagery from each camera is co-registered to the surface of the Earth and assembled into a view of the auroral events.

This movie presents data from the first large auroral substorm since the THEMIS launch. The substorm reached its maximum between 6:00 and 7:00 UT.

Note that the ASI data in this movie are assembled from significantly higher resolution datesets than the earlier version, THEMIS/ASI Nights. The higher resolution enables you to see much finer details in the aurora structure. In addition, one notices trees circling the horizon visible to the cameras located in western Canada.

The movie opens with a view over the sunlit Pacific Ocean. The sun is just setting in California.

The movie opens with a view over the sunlit Pacific Ocean. The sun is just setting in California.

As we move over northern Canada, already in night, we see the circles of sky coverage for the ASI ground stations (blue circles). The eastern-most stations have come online and we see the image data from these cameras (colored green).

As we move over northern Canada, already in night, we see the circles of sky coverage for the ASI ground stations (blue circles). The eastern-most stations have come online and we see the image data from these cameras (colored green).

The night progresses and ASI cameras further west come online. The bright green structures from the aurora become evident.

The night progresses and ASI cameras further west come online. The bright green structures from the aurora become evident.

Aurora regions brighten as the substorm hits. Components of the auroral structures begin to change more quickly.

Aurora regions brighten as the substorm hits. Components of the auroral structures begin to change more quickly.

As local morning arrives, the ASI stations turn off, starting from the eastern portion of Canada

As local morning arrives, the ASI stations turn off, starting from the eastern portion of Canada



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