CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Saturn's Dancing Auroras

In the first-ever video showing Saturn's auroras, Cassini has spotted the tallest known "northern lights" in the solar system. (News release can be found here.)

The ghostly, rippling auroral curtains captured in this movie reach more than 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) above the edge of the planet's northern hemisphere.

Nov 24, 2009: Northern Aurora in Motion - An aurora, shining high above the northern part of Saturn, moves from the night side to the day side of the planet in this movie recorded by Cassini.
Alliance Member Comments
Solar Richard (Nov 27, 2009 at 1:10 AM):
What a great Thanksgiving - Thanks for all you do Carolyn
Jay55 (Nov 25, 2009 at 1:16 AM):
Far out!! just amazing ! I think Saturn didn't like Enceladus stealing the show. Spectacular!
mojolim (Nov 24, 2009 at 5:31 PM):
This is really breathtaking!!!! wonderful job
NeKto (Nov 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM):
talk about a "WOW" factor. i see what is ment by tall northern lights. these images are extrordinary. Carolyn, if this didn't make your day you must have been asleep.