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Saturn's Aurorae 1 - 24 January 2004

Saturn's Aurorae 1 - 24 January 2004


Date: 23 January 2004
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Saturn's Aurorae
Copyright: NASA, ESA, J. Clarke (Boston University, USA), and Z. Levay (STScI)

This is a single image from a sequence of three aurora images.

Astronomers combined ultraviolet images of Saturn's southern polar region with visible-light images of the planet and its rings to make this picture. The auroral display appears blue because of the glow of ultraviolet light. In reality, the aurora would appear red to an observer at Saturn because of the presence of glowing hydrogen in the atmosphere. On Earth, charged particles from the Sun collide with nitrogen and oxygen in the upper atmosphere, creating auroral displays colored mostly green and blue.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
26-Sep-2021 15:32 UT

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