Cassini Spots Giant Storm on Saturn

Posted on November 30, 2012

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted a giant storm swirling on Saturn's north pole. These images were taken by Cassini on Nov. 27, 2012, from a distance of about 250,000 miles (400,000 kilometers) from Saturn. You can see a much larger version of the above image here and a larger version of the bottom image here.

A similar cyclone was spotted churning in 2008, but it was only visible at that time in the near-infrared wavelengths because the north pole was in winter and in darkness to visible-light cameras.

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