The Northern Lights of Jupiter

by bobbyjoe in Space

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    Both Jupiter and Saturn have magnetic fields much stronger than Earth’s (Uranus, Neptune and Mercury are also magnetic), and both have large radiation belts. Aurora has been observed on both, most clearly with the Hubble Space Telescope. These auroras seem, like Earth’s, to be powered by the solar wind. In addition, however, Jupiter’s […]

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