Airglow is caused, among other factors, by recombination of atoms ionized during the day. This makes me think that during the night concentration of these ions should reduce, lowering intensity of airglow.

But is this reduction of intensity actually measurable, or is the recombination so slow as to preserve airglow at almost the same intensity?

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    $\begingroup$ That's a good question, but you're thinking from the perspective of a local observer on Earth. There is work published by several observations satellites that observe Earth in the UV and provide global views on airglow from space. Probably you can find an answer there? $\endgroup$ Feb 27 '19 at 23:19

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