5-Month-Long Lightning Storm On Saturn

“A powerful electrical storm rages on Saturn with lightning bolts 10,000 times more powerful than those found on Earth.”

- NASA JPL Cassini-Huygens Mission

Cassini detected this recent, large electrical storm in Saturn's southern hemisphere at 35 degrees south latitude (above) after nearly two years during which Saturn did not appear to have other large storms. Image credit:  NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
Cassini detected this recent, large electrical storm in Saturn's southern hemisphere at 35 degrees south latitude (above) after nearly two years during which Saturn did not appear to have other large storms. Image credit:  NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

April 30, 2008  Pasadena, California - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Cassini-Huygens Saturn Mission based in Pasadena reports this week that the Radio and Plasma Wave (RPWS) experiment on Cassini has monitored the longest-lived continuously active electrical storm ever observed on Saturn, a storm that resides in a band around Saturn's southern hemisphere called “Storm Alley” because it has so many electrical storms.

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