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10/24/2013 Ultraviolet Spectroscopy of Solar System Moons

Published on May 24, 2013

Speaker:Amanda Hendrix (Planetary Science Institute)
Location:SPSC W120

Seminar Abstract:

In recent years, with Earth-orbiting telescopes such as the International Ultraviolet Explorer and the Hubble Space Telescope, significant advances have been made in the area of ultraviolet observations of solar system objects. More in-depth studies have been made using interplanetary probes such as Galileo and Cassini. While the UV spectral range has traditionally been used to study atmospheric and auroral processes, there is much to be learned by examining solid surfaces in the UV, including surface composition, weathering processes and effects, and the generation of thin atmospheres. Here we focus on moons in the solar system, including Earth’s moon and the Galilean and Saturnian satellites.