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Hubble Telescope Captures Saturn's Twin Aurorae

First Posted: 04/17/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:30 PM ET

Saturn Twin Aurorae

A spectacular light show on Saturn has been captured in unique new photos of the ringed planet.

The aurora images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) were made possible by a rare chance to see the planet with its rings edge-on and both poles in view.

It takes Saturn almost 30 years to orbit the Sun, and during that time such a picture opportunity occurs only twice.

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Filed by Catharine Smith  |