Ultraviolet Night Airglow of Venus

  title={Ultraviolet Night Airglow of Venus},
  author={A. Ian F. Stewart and Charles A. Barth},
  pages={59 - 62}
The night airglow spectrum of Venus in the ultraviolet is dominated by the v' = 0 progressions of the gamma and delta bands of nitric oxide. The bands are produced by two-body radiative recombination of nitrogen and oxygen atoms. Since the source of these atoms is in the dayside thermosphere, the night airglow is a tracer of the day-to-night thermospheric circulation. The airglow is brightest at equatorial latitudes, and at longitudes on the morning side of the antisolar meridian. 
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