Solar Proton Flare Affects Mesospheric OH and Ozone


Aura MLS has provided first observation of this connection

A major Solar Proton Event occured January 17, 2005. MLS detected and increase of mesospheric O3 in the Arctic Polar night, and an increase in mesospheric OH in the Antarctic day.

Prepared by Herb Pickett of the JPL MLS team, with thanks to Charley Jackman of GSFC foor suggessting to look for this effect

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