Together with Finnish amateur photographers, Prof. Palmroth and her team discovered a new type of aurora, named the dunes. The dunes present a new opportunity to investigate ignorosphere, a layer of upper atmosphere that is notoriously difficult to observe. The team published a high impact paper linking the dunes to mesospheric bores, a rare wave form. The discovery opens a new branch of research as it may add to the handful of interaction mechanisms between space physics and atmospheric physics.

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