Lightning photographed–on Saturn

As far as we know, there is no vegetation on Saturn that can be ignited by lightning, so there’s very little chance of a wildland firefighter being sent there to fight fire. But for the first time, lightning has been photographed someplace other than on our comfy little third rock from the Sun we call Earth.

This video was captured by the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. It was recorded over a 16-minute period and is compressed into the 10 seconds you will see below.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.