Five new emission bands have been analyzed at high resolution in the short wavelength range of the vacuum ultraviolet emission spectrum of molecular nitrogen. Four of them are assigned to the band system c' 61Σu+ (v' = 0) → X 1Σg+ (v″ = 0-3) . The fifth band, at 82.6562 nm, corresponds to a transition from a highly excited state which was not known before but which is presently detected also in absorption at high resolution in 14N 2 and 15N 2. The new state is of 1Σ u+ symmetry and is identified as the first term of a Rydberg series converging toward the A2Π u state of N 2+. Both excited electronic states lie above the limit of dissociation of N 2 into N( 2D) + N( 2D) . They are the only states in this energy range which are not totally predissociated.