Transient airglow enhancements observed from the space shuttle Columbia during the MEIDEX sprite campaign
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2004
Copyright 2004 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 31, Issue 6, March 2004
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2004), Transient airglow enhancements observed from the space shuttle Columbia during the MEIDEX sprite campaign, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L06124, doi:10.1029/2003GL019110., , , , , , , , , and (
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2004
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 FEB 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 15 FEB 2004
- Manuscript Received: 19 NOV 2003
 First results of observations of ELVES during the last mission of the space shuttle Columbia by the MEIDEX (Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment) instrument are reported. During the eclipse parts of 25 orbits, there were observations toward the Earth's limb above the areas of active thunderstorms. Strong enhancements of the brightness of the airglow layer above lightning flashes were observed, with lateral dimensions exceeding 400 km. This phenomenon, known as ELVES, is a clear manifestation of the interaction between the electromagnetic pulse from the lightning stroke and the lower ionosphere. The observed ELVES have been produced both by vertical and horizontal discharges.