Mike J. Taylor
The Utah State Mesospheric Temperature Mapper (MTM) is a high resolution CCD imager capable of remote sensing faint optical emissions from the night sky to determine mesospheric temperature and its variability at an altitude of ~87 km (or 50 miles). The MTM was operated at the Bear Lake Observatory (BLO) for a two year period (Jan 2012 – Dec 2013) to investigate the seasonal characteristics of temperature variability at mid-latitudes.
This study was to be done from March 2013 – April 2014 but due to issues with the data in late 2013 it was changed to January 2013 - December 2013. But when looking at the variance plot for 2013 it was noticed that because of the issues in the second half of 2013 a good understanding of the variance could not be obtained. Thus the project was changed again to look at January 2013 – December 2013. Then the reduced variance would be compared to a similar camera operation USU has in Chile to determine if we see similar strong winter-summer variance. The original goal of this study was to calculate the nightly temperature variance from OH and O2. Unfortunately the nothing conclusive came from the O2 temperatures.
Osborne, Kelly, "Catching Mesospheric Gravity Waves Over Bear Lake, Utah" (2015). Physics Capstone Projects. Paper 23.