A group of researchers has just made the astonishing discovery that Saturn has auroras that can be seen during the day, with some even appearing at noon, and this is all made possible by the super fast rotation of this planet.
For their new study, scientists analyzed the large amount of data that was recorded on the Cassini spacecraft after it had completed its mission and collected as much information as possible during the 13 years that it spent orbiting Saturn, as Phys.org reports.
While we can generally only see auroras here on Earth when there is total darkness, this is not the case for Saturn, a planet where a day is just 10 hours, despite the fact that it is 760 times more enormous than Earth.
The new study has shown that when Saturn produces magnetic outbursts which occur roughly around noon, these help to bring about magical noontime auroras on the planet, according to Popular Science.
Because of these daytime auroras, researchers may be a little bit closer to understanding the strange x-rays they had previously detected from Jupiter where odd pulses were found to be occurring around this time also.
Zhonghua Yao, co-author of the new study, explained that the same process that is happening on Saturn may also be happening on Jupiter.
"We expect this process also to take place at Jupiter's dayside magnetodisk, which could be confirmed by the NASA Juno mission that is exploring the Jovian magnetosphere."