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Solar system
Jupiter's Aurora
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Photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of an aurora over Jupiter's northern pole, shown on the front of this lithograph.

Facts of interest about the image

In this composite photo, taken in visible and ultraviolet light, characteristic rings of auroral light extend several hundred miles above Jupiter’s north pole. Jupiter’s auroras are high-energy activities that emit ultraviolet light. These observations can only be conducted from space because Earth’s atmosphere absorbs most ultraviolet light.

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HubbleSite press release: "Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter's Atmosphere"

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