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April 19, 2012 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-21

Hubble Spots Aurorae on the Planet Uranus

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April 19, 2012: These are among the first clear images, taken from the distance of Earth, to show aurorae on the planet Uranus. This composite image combines 2011 Hubble observations of the aurorae in visible and ultraviolet light, 1986 Voyager 2 photos of the cyan disk of Uranus as seen in visible light, and 2011 Gemini Observatory observations of the faint ring system as seen in infrared light.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and L. Lamy (Observatory of Paris, CNRS, CNES)