Check it out! Hubble telescope captures photos of auroras on Jupiter

Astronomers are using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras — stunning light shows in a planet's atmosphere — on the poles of the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter. Credits: NASA, ESA, and J. Nichols (University of Leicester)

(MEDIA GENERAL) – NASA never ceases to amaze by producing some awesome images with the Hubble Telescope. The latest uses ultra-violet tools to illustrate bright blue auroras around the poles of Jupiter.

NASA says Jupiter’s auroras are just like Earth’s – except they are huge! Jupiter’s auroras are approximately 100 times more energetic than Earth’s.

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

The Hubble is in the middle of a months-long observation of Jupiter as NASA’s Juno spacecraft prepares to enter the planet’s orbit in the coming days. NASA says they hope new observations made by Hubble and Juno will help them better understand how the sun and other sources influence auroras.

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