3D triangulation of Transient Luminous Events over Africa

Mashao, D. and Kosch, M. and Fullekrug, M. and Ivchenko, M. (2022) 3D triangulation of Transient Luminous Events over Africa. Advances in Space Research. ISSN 0273-1177 (In Press)

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Abstract

We present the first 3D triangulation of Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) over Africa. The 6 TLEs were simultaneously observed in the middle atmosphere from Sutherland and Carnarvon in South Africa, separated by 192 km, during the 2019 sprites campaign. These two distinctive locations have low radio interference and are free from light pollution. The lightning times, locations, peak current, and polarities, which initiated the observed TLEs, were obtained from the South African Lightning Detection Network and Earth Networks Total Lightning Networks. We investigate the TLEs' altitude and horizontal displacement from their parent lightning strokes. TLEs appear approximately 12.5 to 49.3 km away from their parent lightning strokes. We found that TLE altitudes range from 29 to 92.6 km. The lightning electric field and peak current may be related to the displacement of TLEs and the TLEs' horizontal spread.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Advances in Space Research
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177922
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Deposited On:
21 Oct 2022 10:35
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Yes
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In Press
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22 Nov 2022 11:55