Physicists have begun to analyze the first images obtained by satellite Rocsat-2. They show the so-called elves and fairies — the mysterious high-rise fires in the mechanism of which is still a lot of blind spots.
It is known that different in form giant red and blue glow that occur at altitudes of 50-100 km are usually associated with thunderstorms, but it is — not lightning.
For many years, scientists have treated the pilots reported the vision of such lights with skepticism until the 1990s strange outbreak could not be removed from high-altitude aircraft.
For intensive "hunt" for these rare and obtain new information about him Taiwan has created (with the cooperation of scientists from the United States) special Rocsat-2 satellite, which in July of this year, began sending back images of elves and fairies.
Isual (Imager of Sprites and Upper Atmospheric Lightning) — the main tool for the "hunt" for the elves, built just in the United States.
Scientists plan to learn more about the intricacies of the global electrical cycle, the strange electric interaction of upper and lower layers of the atmosphere, causing the ionization of gases and their intense glow.
The satellite will operate for more than five years on its polar orbit at more than 890 kilometers.
News.Battery.Ru — Accumulator News, 26.07.2004 12:39