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Saturn's speedy rotation makes its daytime auroras possible

Bright lights, big planet.
Cassini and saturn's magnetic fields

An artist's illustration of the Cassini Spacecraft and the magnetic field around Saturn.


Here on Earth, the mesmerizing lights of the aurora are usually only seen at night—but on Saturn, they can show up near high noon.

A published today in finds that magnetic outbursts on Saturn that explode around its noontime are powerful enough to drive auroras. This discovery might

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