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Stormy weather on Saturn

Astronomers glimpse lightning storms on giant planet

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9:44am, April 15, 2010

View a video showing the lightning sparks recorded on Saturn.

Snap, crackle, pop!

Cameras aboard the Cassini spacecraft have taken the first images of lightning bolts on Saturn. Movies of the storms, released by NASA on April 13, feature a soundtrack of crackling radio waves that were recorded simultaneously with the bolts. One of the storms, which lasted 10 months, is the longest on record in the solar system and generated as much power as most powerful storms on Earth.

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