Optical Night Sky Brightness Measurements from the Stratosphere

  title={Optical Night Sky Brightness Measurements from the Stratosphere},
  author={Ajay Gill and Steven J Benton and Anthony M. Brown and P Clark and Christopher J. Damaren and T. F. Eifler and Aur'elien A. Fraisse and Mathew N. Galloway and John W. Hartley and Bradley Holder and Eric M. Huff and Mathilde Jauzac and William C Jones and David J Lagattuta and Jason S.-Y. Leung and Lun Li and Thuy Vy T. Luu and Richard J. Massey and Jacqueline Mccleary and James Mullaney and Johanna M Nagy and Calvin Barth Netterfield and Susan M. Redmond and Jason D. Rhodes and L Javier Romualdez and Jurgen Schmoll and Mohamed Mahmoud Shaaban and Ellen Sirks and Suresh Sivanandam and Sut-Ieng Tam},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
  • A. Gill, S. Benton, +27 authors S. Tam
  • Published 11 October 2020
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
This paper presents optical night sky brightness measurements from the stratosphere using CCD images taken with the Super-pressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT). The data used for estimating the backgrounds were obtained during three commissioning flights in 2016, 2018, and 2019 at altitudes ranging from 28 km to 34 km above sea level. For a valid comparison of the brightness measurements from the stratosphere with measurements from mountain-top ground-based observatories (taken at… Expand
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