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Multi-Pulse Corona Discharges in Thunderclouds Observed in Optical and Radio Bands
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2022/7

Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes With Accompanying Elves Detected by ASIM
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2022/5

Observations of Blue Corona Discharges in Thunderclouds
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2022/6

Production of Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes During the Early Stages of Lightning Flashes
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2022/4

Multispectral Optical Diagnostics of Lightning from Space
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2022/4

Production of Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes During the Early Stages of Lightning Flashes
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American Geophysical Union
2022/4

Analysis of Blue Corona Discharges at the Top of Tropical Thunderstorm Clouds in Different Phases of Convection
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AGU
2022/3

Initiation of lightning flashes simultaneously observed from space and the ground: Narrow bipolar events
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2022/4

Very-high-frequency oscillations in the main peak of a magnetar giant flare
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2021/12

Spectral analysis of individual terrestrial gamma-ray flashes detected by ASIM
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AGU
2021/12

Optical emissions associated with narrow bipolar events in radio signals from thunderstorm clouds penetrating into the stratosphere
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2021/11

Observation of Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes at Mid Latitude
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American Geophysical Union
2021/9

Global Frequency and Geographical Distribution of Nighttime Streamer Corona Discharges (BLUEs) in Thunderclouds
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American Geophysical Union
2021/9

Blue Flashes as Counterparts to Narrow Bipolar Events: The Optical Signal of Shallow In-Cloud Discharges
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2021/7

Simultaneous Observations of EIP, TGF, Elve, and Optical Lightning
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2021/6

Constraining Spectral Models of a Terrestrial Gamma- Ray Flash From a Terrestrial Electron Beam Observation by the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor
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2021/5

Blue Optical Observations of Narrow Bipolar Events by ASIM Suggest Corona Streamer Activity in Thunderstorms
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2020/7

Spectral Observations of Optical Emissions Associated With Terrestrial Gamma‐Ray Flashes
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2021/2

A simultaneous observation of lightning by ASIM, Colombia‐Lightning Mapping Array, GLM and ISS‐LIS
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2021/2

Observation of the onset of a blue jet into the stratosphere
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2021/1

Modeling lightning observations from space-based platforms (CloudScat.jl 1.0)
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2020/11

Comparison of High‐Speed Optical Observations of a Lightning Flash From Space and the Ground
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2020/10

The Emission of Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes From Encountering Streamer Coronae Associated to the Breakdown of Lightning Leaders
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2020/10

Three Years of the Lightning Imaging Sensor Onboard the International Space Station: Expanded Global Coverage and Enhanced Applications
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American Geophysical Union
2020/8

Spectroscopic Diagnostic of Halos and Elves Detected From Space‐Based Photometers
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2018/11

A terrestrial gamma-ray flash and ionospheric ultraviolet emissions powered by lightning
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AAAS
2020/1

The First Terrestrial Electron Beam Observed by the Atmosphere‐Space Interactions Monitor
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AGU
2019/12

First ten months of TGF observations by ASIM
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AGU
2019/12

Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor, Instrument and First Results
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IEEE
2019/11

The Modular Multispectral Imaging Array (MMIA) of the ASIM Payload on the International Space Station
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2019/6

The ASIM Mission on the International Space Station
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2019/3

The Modular X- and Gamma-Ray Sensor (MXGS) of the ASIM Payload on the International Space Station
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2019/2

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ASIM Science Data Centre

The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) is an observatory on the International Space Station (ISS) that measures lightning and bursts of gamma-rays from thunderstorm clouds. The overarching goal is to understand the role of electrified storms in atmospheric dynamics. ASIM is a mission of the European Space Agency ESA’s SciSpace Programme for scientific utilization of the ISS and non-ISS space exploration platforms and space environment analogues. It is funded by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science who supported ASIM from the Danish Globalization Fund for Climate Initiatives (2009–2012) via a special contribution to ESA, and by national and ESA funds from, Denmark, Spain, Norway, Italy, Poland and Belgium. The ASIM consortium is formed by Terma A/S, Technical University of Denmark, University of Bergen, University of Valencia, Polish Academy of Sciences Space Research Center, and OHB Italia. The Technical University of Denmark is leading the scientific advisory board to ESA and Terma A/S is the prime contractor under ESA for the payload development. Initial phases started in 2004 to 2009, and development started in 2010. ASIM was launched April 2nd, 2018, with CRS-14 Falcon-9/Dragon by SpaceX. The budget of ASIM is 35-40 MEUR. ASIM science data center (ASDC) is processing and distributing the ASIM data. More about ASDC


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ASIM in the media

Media page of the Birkeland Centre for Space Science, with links to international stories about ASIM and the research results coming out of the ASIM/ASDC project
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Fri 05 Feb 2021, 10:17

Robotically moving ASIM the storm hunter on the International Space Station

ESA video of the ASIM relocation using the Canada robotic arm. This video is speeded up to show the procedure in couple of minutes - in reality it took about 5 hours
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Mon 24 Jan 2022, 18:31

Extraordinary shakings of a distant magnetar

The ASIM instrument aboard the International Space Station was the only instrument out of seven which detected the giant flare and recorded the main burst phase without being blinded by the giant flash of high energy which saturated the other six detectors at the time of the maximum emission. After a very long journey through space, a burst of high-energy radiation was detected by the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on April 15, 2020. The origin of this energetic burst was found to be a giant flare from an extremely magnetized neutron star known as a magnetar, located more than 10 million light years away in the galaxy NGC 253.
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Wed 12 Jan 2022, 09:25

The Incredible ASIM: Distant galaxy edition

The Atmosphere–Space Interactions Monitor, or ASIM for short, is a first-of-its-kind complement of instruments on the International Space Station. Dubbed the ‘space storm hunter’, ASIM measures electric events in Earth’s upper atmosphere with cameras, photometers and X- and gamma-ray detectors. Recently, ASIM unexpectedly detected a unique gamma-ray burst from outer space. This fortuitous observation was published in Nature magazine, less than a year after ASIM made a cover story.
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Wed 12 Jan 2022, 09:20

AGU/EOS spotlight: Observations from Space and Ground Reveal Clues About Lightning

The American Geophysical Union journal EOS (Earth and Space Science) News has chosen an ASIM paper by Østgaard et al. as a research spotlight for June 2021. The spotlight focusses on the ASIM work that demonstrates how TGFs are triggered by lightning leaders: "In a coordinated monitoring effort, scientists have uncovered the timing and triggering of high-energy lightning events in the sky."
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Thu 17 Jun 2021, 15:23

ASIM i Forskerzonen

Artikel på videnskab.dk s forskningsside, Forskerzonen, om ASIM missionen: Gå i Andreas Mogensens fodspor på jagt efter mystiske kæmpelyn
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Mon 19 Apr 2021, 15:31

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