The Aurora on Saturn

The Aurora on Saturn

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The Hubble telescope has taken some incredible images capturing the aurora on Saturn. An aurora occurs when particles in the solar wind affect the magnetic field around a planet. Our own planet exhibits the same phenomenon when a green glow occurs in the night sky. This is known as the northern lights, but occur in the south too. 


The bursts of light seen here were very dynamic. Some of the lights travelled three times faster than the 10 hour rotation period of Saturn.


To learn more:


http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/05/Hubble_sees_aurora_on_Saturn


Image credit:


NASA/ESA, Acknowledgement: J. Nichols (University of Leicester)

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