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Rocket and Aurora. Astronomical research

Rocket and Aurora. Astronomical research

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In this spectacular photograph a rocket rises to the sky with an impressive green aurora in the background, in what was the first launch of 2003 from the Poker Flat Research Range of the University of Alaska.

Taken on January 27, the view from Cleary Summit near Fairbanks, Alaska shows us the strong trace of both fuel tanks of the Blackbrant IX sound rockets. Compared to sonar rockets of cargo in Earth orbit and beyond, these types of rockets are smaller and relatively cheaper. This name comes from the nautical term (sonar) which means taking action.

Known as HIBAR (HIgh Bandwidth Auroral Rocket), this experiment was designed to measure the high frequency plasma waves of auroras that can originate thousands of kilometers above what is the visible glow of the aurora yes.

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