Brahmand NewsPrevious Article
Brahmand NewsNext Article

Cassini captures lightening flashes on Saturn

The flashes of lightening captured by Cassini. A NASA photo

WASHINGTON (BNS): In an interesting catch, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured for the first time lightening flashes on Saturn.

Scientists have in the past captured radio emissions from Saturnian storms. The visible-light cameras on board Cassini have also taken images of bright, convective clouds over giant, powerful thunderstorms, including the famous ‘Dragon Storm’ of 2004.

But they were not able to obtain images of flashes of lightening due to the bright and reflective nature of Saturn, NASA said.

Sunlight reflecting off the rings made the night side of Saturn as bright as a full-moon night on Earth.

It was Equinox, the period around August 2009 when the Sun shone directly over Saturn's equator and lit the rings edge-on only, that resulted in the necessary darkness, thereby aiding the spacecraft to capture the flashes.

The storm that helped Cassini capture the flashes lasted from January to October, 2009, making it the longest lasting lightening storm known in the Solar System, NASA said.

Cassini’s narrow-angle camera then took the images and the view was acquired at a distance of approximately 2.1 million kilometers from Saturn.

Other Related News

Defence in 2019: Balakot air strikes, CDS and military modernisation

India's doctrinal policy shift in combating terror by carrying out the Balakot air strikes inside Pakistan, appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff and hastening work on military modernisation marked a new beginning in 2019 in dealing with complex security challenges.

BRAHMOS Missile Systems


Brahmand World Defence Update 2022

Brahmand World Defence Update

Image Gallery