Lightning Strikes on Saturn Captured

The NASA/ESA Cassini spacecraft was placed into orbit six years ago circling Saturn. Since then, numerous close-up images and videos have been released to the public. One of the most recently released videos feature a series of lightning strikes on Saturn.

The frames in the video were obtained over a 16 minute time span on Nov. 30, 2009. The super-flashes lasted less than one second. According to Discovery News, “the super-flashes are half the width of Arizona and unleash at least 10,000 times more energy than their wimpy cousins on Earth.” View the video here.

For further information or to read Ray Villard‘s analysis, visit Discovery News.


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