On possible magnetospheric dust interactions of comet Shoemaker‐Levy 9 at Jupiter

W. ‐H Ip, R. Prangé

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Abstract

The plasma interaction of the dust coma of comet Shoemaker‐Levy 9 with the Jovian magnetosphere could result in the possible generation of a field‐aligned electric current system connecting the impinging dust cloud with the Jovian ionosphere. If the current flow is intense enough, transient auroral activity might be produced as a result. In this event, enhanced level of auroral and radio emissions would be expected an hour or so before the atmospheric impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1051-1054
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume21
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 1994

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