Stunning Auroras Spotted on Jupiter


Best known for its Giant Red Spot, now Jupiter has another stunning decoration: An aurora at the top of the solar system’s largest planet.

Images of auroras on Jupiter — which are larger than the Earth — were taken by an ultraviolet camera aboard the Hubble Space Telescope.

“These auroras are very dramatic and among the most active I have ever seen,” said astronomer Jonathan Nichols from the University of Leicester in the U.K., in a statement.

Auroras are created when high-energy particles enter a planet’s atmosphere near its magnetic poles and collide with atoms of gas, NASA said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice