July 22, 2011

Exoplanet Aurora

In this animation, stunning aurora ripple around a “hot Jupiter.” When a stellar eruption known as a coronal mass ejection hit the planet, it triggered these aurora, which are the planetary equivalent of Earth’s Northern and Southern Lights. However, this exoplanet’s aurora shine up to a thousand times brighter than Earth’s, and extend from the equator to the poles. Animation created by Hyperspective Studios.
Credit: CfA

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