"Divine Inspiration of Music" (c. 1640) (detail) by Nicolas Regnier (1591-1667).
Earth is not the only planet in our solar system with auroras. As the solar wind—a stream of rarefied plasma from our sun—blows through the solar system, it interacts with the magnetic fields of other planets as well as our own. Saturn’s magnetic field second only to Jupiter’s in strength. This strong magnetosphere deflects many of the solar wind’s energetic particles, but, as on Earth, some of the particles get drawn in along Saturn’s magnetic field lines. These lines converge at the poles, where the high-energy particles interact with the gases in the upper reaches of Saturn’s atmosphere. As a result, Saturn, like Earth, has impressive and colorful light displays around its poles. (Image credit: ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser & L. Calçada, source video; via spaceplasma)
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Nicholas Hughes - In Darkness Visible, Verses I & II (2005-7)
No light, but rather darkness visible. —John Milton
What is the universe made of? We only know a tiny fraction — 4 percent — of the answer. From our little corner of the cosmic map, how do we know what else is out there? Luckily, we have space messengers (otherwise known as cosmic rays) that bring us data from parts of the cosmos far beyond our reach. Veronica Bindi explains how cosmic rays transmit information about our universe from the great beyond.
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Another beautiful Space Vine from NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman aboard the ISS. September 23rd 2014.
Credit: Reid Wiseman/NASA