Saturn’s Greatest Storm

Saturn’s Greatest Storm

If you miss the spectacular views, then watch the storms of Saturn. Unlike other planets of the system, the owner of the rings accumulates a huge energy reserve for several centuries of the earth, and then releases it in the form of a swirling and chaotic storm.

Scientists still can not find an accurate explanation of the behavior of the planet. However, massive storms form Saturn every year (once every 30 Earth years). They are called the Great White Spots.

The great white spot (Great Northern Storm) shown in the photograph was the largest and most powerful of the Cassini missions. The storm began at the end of 2010 and lasted several months. But then another 3 years influenced the clouds, temperature and atmospheric composition.

The picture was taken by Cassini on February 25, 2011, approximately 12 weeks after the start of the event. Violent activity is visible here. It seems that two lanes of the storm stand out. In fact, the formation has bypassed the entire planet and caught up with itself. Some clouds in the southern and western sides are colored blue because they are in contact with other atmospheric currents. The head of the storm whirlwind appears white and yellow and heads westward. Surprisingly, Cassini was lucky to be in orbit around Saturn during the storm. This allowed to study the turbulent weather and climatic characteristics of the giant. Recently, the device noted that the power of the storm could disrupt the atmosphere at the planetary equator at a distance of several tens of thousands of kilometers.

The image combines red, green and blue filtered images of Cassini's wide-angle camera. Received at a distance of 2.2. million km from the planet. Scaling - 129 km per pixel.

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