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Radio Noise from Planets

Naturevolume 180page1253 (1957) | Download Citation



THE reception of high-frequency radio noise from the planets Jupiter and Venus1–3 has led to speculation on the nature of the causative disturbances. One suggestion is that the noise originates in electrical discharges analogous to terrestrial lightning, and Kraus3, from consideration of the total energy in lightning discharges, has concluded that a source on Venus, of comparable size to those on Earth, would be sufficient to explain the noise. Before the analogy is pressed too far, however, it is desirable to compare the characteristics of the noise in more detail.

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  1. 1

    Burke, B. F., and Franklin, K. L., J. Geophys. Res., 60, 213 (1955).

  2. 2

    Shain, C. A., Aust. J. Phys., 9, 61 (1956).

  3. 3

    Kraus, J. D., Nature, 178, 33 (1956).

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  1. Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Radio Research Station, Ditton Park, Slough, Bucks

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