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The Spring 2011 issue of The Earth Scientist is focused on modernizing seismology education. Thanks to IRIS, you can download this issue for free as a pdf. Print copies are available in our online store.


Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun, has the most spectacular set of rings in the solar system. We now know that Saturn has moons in addition to its complex ring system.

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Have you ever seen the <a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/earth/Magnetosphere/aurora.html&edu=elem">Southern or Northern Lights</a>? Earth isn't the only planet that puts on these beautiful light shows, which are also called the "<a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/earth/Magnetosphere/aurora.html&edu=elem">aurora</a>". Aurora have been seen at both <a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/saturn/saturn_polar_regions.html&edu=elem">poles of Saturn</a>, too, as well as at the poles of <a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/jupiter/magnetosphere/jupiter_aurora.html&edu=elem">Jupiter</a>.  These "<a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/earth/Magnetosphere/tour/tour_earth_magnetosphere_09.html&edu=elem">curtains of light</a>" sometimes rise 1,200 miles (2,000 km) above the <a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/saturn/atmosphere/S_clouds_overview.html&edu=elem">cloud tops</a> near Saturn's poles. The <a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/space_missions/HST.html&edu=elem">Hubble Space Telescope</a> took this picture in 2004.<p><small><em>Image courtesy of NASA, ESA, J. Clarke (Boston University), and Z. Levay (STScI)</em></small></p>

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