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XMM-Newton RGS spectrum of Jupiter

Minimum credit line: Image courtesy of Graziella Branduardi-Raymont (MSSL, UCL) and ESA. (for details, see Conditions of Use).

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XMM-Newton RGS spectrum of Jupiter: line emission from both the aurorae and the disk are clearly separated. The broad wings associated with the OVII and OVIII lines indicate that the ions are moving at speeds of several thousands of kilometers per sec, as expected from some of the models proposed recently to explain the acceleration mechanisms acting in Jupiter's magnetosphere.
All in all, these XMM-Newton results on Jupiter give us more clues to try and understand the complex magnetosphere of the giant planet, and its interactions with the solar wind and solar activity. Analogies and differences with the Earth's magnetosphere can also be explored.

Investigator(s):  G. Branduardi-Raymont, A. Bhardwaj, R. F. Elsner, G. R. Gladstone, G. Ramsay, P. Rodriguez, R. Soria, J. H. Waite Jr., T. E. Cravens

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