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Hydrogen Lβ and Lα emission lines observed from the interplanetary medium by the Voyager UV spectrometer

Nature volume 274, pages 666667 (17 August 1978) | Download Citation

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OBSERVATIONS of the interstellar medium in the 500–1,700 Å region of the optical spectrum reveals three measurable lines identified as He (584 Å), H Ly-β (1,025 Å), H Ly-α (1,216 Å). The origination of these emissions is dominated by resonance scattering of solar radiation by the interplanetary medium. Here we discuss the first measurements of the H Ly-β line by the Voyager ultraviolet spectrometers and our ability to detect sources other than local singly scattered radiation. The Voyager spectrometers1 were designed primarily for observation of planetary atmospheric emission.

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  1. Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721

    • B. R. SANDEL
    •  & D. E. SHEMANSKY
  2. Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, Arizona 85726

    • A. LYLE BROADFOOT

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