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OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Swirling storms on Saturn

Published on Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00


saturn-stormsSaturn's north pole. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)


Cassini continues to explore Saturn and its moons and rings and has revealed striking cloud patterns at Saturn’s north pole, now in sunlight as the seasons change. Saturn’s north pole has been imaged in infrared in the past, revealing a hexagonal feature suggesting complex circulation patterns. Now that it is northern hemisphere summer on Saturn, these new raw (uncalibrated) visible-light images show striking storms and substorms ringing the pole at high latitudes.

This image is published in the February 2013 issue of Astronomy & Geophysics.


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