Detection of Singly Ionized Oxygen Around Jupiter

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Science  20 Jul 1979:
Vol. 205, Issue 4403, pp. 297-298
DOI: 10.1126/science.205.4403.297


Forbidden emission from singly ionized oxygen at wavelengths of 3726 and 3729 angstroms has been detected in the inner Jovian magnetosphere. The emission is present between ∼4 and ∼7 to 8 Jovian radii from the planet and appears concentrated in the magnetic equator. The line intensity ratio indicates the same plasma characteristics as those derived from observations of forbidden sulfur emission.