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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Saturn Aurora: Video Captures 'Dance' Of Northern Lights (VIDEO)

NASA has just released video footage of the tallest known "northern lights" in the solar system, which flicker above Saturn and were captured with the Cassini spacecraft.


NASA
explains the new video footage,

The new video reveals changes in Saturn's aurora every few minutes, in high resolution, with three dimensions. The images show a previously unseen vertical profile to the auroras, which ripple in the video like tall curtains. These curtains reach more than 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) above the edge of the planet's northern hemisphere.

The auroras, which you can see in the video below, are located above Saturn's northern latitudes.

The video, which captures the "ghostly dance of Saturn's northern lights," according to NASA, was assembled from over 500 images and is the first of its kind.

Tamas Gombosi, the chair of Cassini's magnetosphere and plasma science working group, said in a NASA press release,

I was wowed when I saw these images and the curtain. [...] Put this together with the other data Cassini has collected on the auroras so far, and you really get a new science.


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