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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 05:50 PM

NASA Probe Gets Close Views of Large Saturn Hurricane


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PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole.

In high-resolution pictures and video, scientists see the hurricane's eye is about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide, 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth. Thin, bright clouds at the outer edge of the hurricane are traveling 330 mph(150 meters per second). The hurricane swirls inside a large, mysterious, six-sided weather pattern known as the hexagon.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 05:52 PM


Mysterious Hurricane at Saturn's North Pole

Narrated video about a hurricane-like storm seen at Saturn's north pole by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 05:54 PM


A Saturn Hurricane

This movie, made from images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows the clouds of a hurricane-like storm, which circulate around the north pole of Saturn out to 88.5 degrees north latitude. The latitude of the bright ring of clouds is 89.0 degrees, which is about 587 miles (945 kilometers) from the pole. The eye of the storm is about 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth.
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Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:26 PM

Sweet.


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 03:36 PM

You,d need a big and strong brollie


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:13 PM

Where's Billy, he'll drive straight into the thing.


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:00 PM

Why is it every planet but our own has storms like that?


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:21 PM

View PostYukiEsmaElite0, on 30 April 2013 - 07:00 PM, said:

Why is it every planet but our own has storms like that?

Because if we did, we wouldn't be around after the first couple or most of us at least.


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:08 PM

We do have big storms.

It's just that our planet does not have the extreme native climatic conditions to promote the developement of "super-storms"

Yet...


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:47 PM

small potato's at the side of neptune's storms.....


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Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:28 AM

The hexagon around the storm is amazing.  How could a circular storm create a hexagonal cloud border? Amazing stuff and Cassini, launched in 1997, has really produced.! So much data from so many different places and now working around Saturn for years to come and sending some of the most amazing photos of Saturn and her moons I have ever seen.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:06 AM

They are now calling it the Rose of Saturn because of the filters used (red low clouds, green higher clouds).  http://www.washingto...-saturn/  and it certainly resembles that.  That is fine with me as anything that gets the word out is great.  I can see this photo going viral as it is breathtakingly beautiful

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:33 AM

View PostMerc14, on 01 May 2013 - 01:28 AM, said:

The hexagon around the storm is amazing.  How could a circular storm create a hexagonal cloud border? Amazing stuff and Cassini, launched in 1997, has really produced.! So much data from so many different places and now working around Saturn for years to come and sending some of the most amazing photos of Saturn and her moons I have ever seen.

If you notice from the footage the angles of the hexagon don't move with the rotation of the storm, they stay at the same place, which suggests it could be magnetic, and the colour of the storm may be a clue...it could be a storm of Iron particles ?

But very interesting


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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:47 AM

View Postciriuslea, on 01 May 2013 - 02:33 AM, said:

If you notice from the footage the angles of the hexagon don't move with the rotation of the storm, they stay at the same place, which suggests it could be magnetic, and the colour of the storm may be a clue...it could be a storm of Iron particles ?

But very interesting

Holy crap, no way.  An iron particle magnetic hurricane with an eye twice the size of earth in our solar system!  In the words of my 7 year old son, "How cool would that be?"

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:58 AM

Great find its a huge storm i wonder if the weather channel named it yet lol.






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