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Newly Discovered Martian Auroras Defy Easy Explanation

Scientists on the United Arab Emirates Mars mission have discovered a worm-shaped aurora stretching across the middle of the Red Planet.

The discovery of “discrete winding” auroras, or bright lights high in the atmosphere that arise from solar activity interacting with magnetic fields, came from observations by the Hope orbiter, which has been in operation since February 2021. Mars it has only an irregular magnetic field. making auroras difficult to track. Hope has already helped with better observations of local varieties of nocturnal auroras (diffuse auroras and discrete auroras) that have eluded other missions.