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Storms… Saturn Style.

This HUGE storm – as in the width of the storm is as large as the Earth – was captured by the Cassini spacecraft (yet again another brilliant photo from Cassini). Isn’t it amazing how illustrative the storm is? You can clearly how the storms seems to be “flowing” as well as the eddies on the edge of the storm. Lightning has even been spotted in this storm!

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Giant Rotating Storm Spotted on Saturn’s Moon

Titan, one of Saturn’s most interesting moons, has yet another mystery: a giant vortex on it’s south pole. Cassini spotted the vortex on June 27th, 2012. There are similar phenomena that occur on Earth that are associated with the changing of the seasons, but this vortex is especially interesting because it extends very high into the atmosphere.

the structure inside the vortex is reminiscent of the open cellular convection that is often seen over Earth’s oceans,” said Tony Del Genio, a Cassini team member at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, N.Y. “But unlike on Earth, where such layers are just above the surface, this one is at very high altitude, maybe a response of Titan’s stratosphere to seasonal cooling as southern winter approaches. But so soon in the game, we’re not sure.”

Source: http://techie-buzz.com/science/vortex-discovered-on-titan.html

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saturn ring effects

I love the pictures from the NASA Cassini mission. This one is especially interesting because it displays the gravitational effects that Saturn’s moons have on its rings. You can see that it almost has a ripple effect as if it were flowing through a liquid.

Saturn’s moons Daphnis and Pan demonstrate their effects on the planet’s rings in this view from the Cassini spacecraft.

Read more here.

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