Magnetic field configuration in the Venus ionosphere

Yoshihiro Kakinami, Shigeto Watanabe, Koh Ichiro Oyama

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We investigated the magnetic field configuration in the Venus ionosphere, from the data (orbit 1-600) obtained by Pioneer Venus Orbiter (PVO). The magnetic field lines were draping the Venus ionosphere, but the magnetic field lines were opened to the interplanetary space in the nightside ionosphere. We found the closed magnetic field line around Venus near the magnetic equator at 600-800 km altitudes during the high solar wind dynamic pressure. The result shows that magnetic reconnection occurs in the Venus nightside ionosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2621-2625
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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