Updated review of planetary atmospheric electricity

Y. Yair, G. Fischer, F. Simões, N. Renno, P. Zarka

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This paper reviews the progress achieved in planetary atmospheric electricity, with focus on lightning observations by present operational spacecraft, aiming to fill the hiatus from the latest review published by Desch et al. (Rep. Prog. Phys. 65:955-997, 2002). The information is organized according to solid surface bodies (Earth, Venus, Mars and Titan) and gaseous planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune), and each section presents the latest results from space-based and ground-based observations as well as laboratory experiments. Finally, we review planned future space missions to Earth and other planets that will address some of the existing gaps in our knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-49
Number of pages21
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Cassini
  • Charging processes
  • Dust
  • Dust devils
  • Ionosphere
  • Lightning
  • Mars Express
  • Optical emissions
  • Radio emissions
  • SED-Saturn Electrostatic Discharges
  • Spectrum
  • Thunder
  • Transient luminous events
  • Triboelectric charging
  • Venus Express
  • Voyager
  • Whistlers


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