Lightning detection in planetary atmospheres

Karen L. Aplin*, Georg Fischer

*Corresponding author for this work

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7 Citations (Scopus)


Lightning in planetary atmospheres is now a well-established concept. Here we discuss the available detection techniques for, and observations of, planetary lightning by spacecraft, planetary landers and, increasingly, sophisticated terrestrial radio telescopes. Future space missions carrying lightning-related instrumentation are also summarised, specifically the European ExoMars mission and Japanese Akatsuki mission to Venus, which could both yield lightning observations in 2016.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationWeather
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

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