Mesospheric Bore Over China
Taken by Jeff Dai on November 24, 2016 @ Mount Balang, Sichuan, China,
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Date Taken: 2016:11:27 21:49:14
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A mesospheric bore was captured from Mount Balang, Sichuan, China on November 24. The photographer reported that it was seen with naked eye. The direction of these photo were toward south and the foreground mountain was illuminated by the rising 25th moon.

Location: 30°5354’’N and 102°5403E.
Time: November 24th, 2 A.M - 4 A.M (GMT +8)

This propagating sudden brightening or darkening of the nightglow followed by a train of waves is called the mesospheric bore. This phenomenon occurs at ~90 km high. Its associated with the hydraulic jump of the airglow layer. Scientists speculate that this phenomenon is caused by atmospheric gravity waves trapped inside a temperature inversion layer.” Dr. Yue Jia, a research scientist at Hampton University, University of Maryland College Park and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center explained.

The Attached photo shows the similar phenomenon which was seen from the satellite, by Suomi NPP VIIRS Day Night Band.

There maybe more update in the coming days. As scientists from NASA and Chinese Academy of Science will check the data from S-NPP DNB Satalite and All sky airglow

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Information Collection and photo processing: Jeff Dai
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