Giant Planet Ionospheres and Thermospheres: The Importance of Ion-Neutral Coupling

  title={Giant Planet Ionospheres and Thermospheres: The Importance of Ion-Neutral Coupling},
  author={Steven Miller and A. Aylward and G. Millward},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
Planetary upper atmospheres-coexisting thermospheres and ionospheres-form an important boundary between the planet itself and interplanetary space. The solar wind and radiation from the Sun may react with the upper atmosphere directly, as in the case of Venus. If the planet has a magnetic field, however, such interactions are mediated by the magnetosphere, as in the case of the Earth. All of the Solar System’s giant planets have magnetic fields of various strengths, and interactions with their… Expand

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