Ultraviolet telescope was installed at the Russian satellite “Lomonosov”, found in the earth’s atmosphere unknown to science phenomenon
This was stated by the Director of the Institute of nuclear physics of Moscow state University Mikhail Panasyuk, reports “Hvil”.
According to Panasyuk, the telescope recorded the powerful light explosions, the nature of which is not yet clear.
“Looks like we ran into a new physical phenomenon. During the flight, “Lomonosov” at the height of several tens of kilometres several times we recorded light explosion of enormous power. And underneath, all clear, no thunderstorms and clouds! What causes the explosion is an open question,” said Panasyuk.
The scientist explained that the Earth’s atmosphere, there are various flashes of ultraviolet radiation. Experts have known sprites (electric discharges in the mesosphere and the thermosphere) and alvy (huge faint flash in the upper part of the thundercloud), but this is only part of them.
In addition, the atmosphere of the outbreak of anthropogenic origin — e.g., a telescope captures the lights of the airport. It prevents to register cosmic rays of extremely high energies of natural origin.
The Russian scientific satellite “Mikhailo Lomonosov” is designed to make cosmological studies, the study of transient light phenomena in the Earth’s upper atmosphere and radiation characteristics of the magnetosphere. The device was launched in April 2016, during the first ever launch from the cosmodrome “East”.
In the summer of 2018 in the scientific equipment has failed. The specialists communicate with the satellite and keep trying to recover the faulty system.