Cassini’s imaging camera at last catches the North Pole Hurricane when it...

Cassini’s imaging camera at last catches the North Pole Hurricane when it is spring,,,

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The photo you see had been titled as the Nasa’s photo of the day taken from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft that was photographed in November of 2012 by the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera, this is a photograph of a hurricane nearly 1,250 miles wide on the surface of Saturn.

The spinning vortex of Saturn’s north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green flora in this false-color image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Measurements have so far seized the eye at about1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) across with cloud speeds as fast as 330 miles per hour (150 meters per second).

The great thing that has amazed everyone about this particular Saturn Hurricane is that it is nothing like our earthly terrestrial hurricane as there is no ocean underneath and it is only locked on the North pole of the Saturn.

This image views Saturn’s North Pole captured by Cassini’s imaging cameras. When the spacecraft first arrived in the Saturnian system in 2004, it was northern winter and the North Pole was in darkness. Saturn’s North Pole was last imaged under sunlight by NASA’s Voyager 2 in 1981; however, the observation geometry did not allow for detailed views of the poles. Consequently, it is not known how long this newly discovered north-polar hurricane has been active.

The Cassini–Huygens is a robotic spacecraft launched in 1997 for the purpose of studying Saturn. Since arriving in 2004 the orbiter’s mission has been extended twice. It most recently studied the Great White Spot, a massive storm that occurs at roughly 30 year intervals that is so large it can be seen from Earth with a simple telescope.

 

There are still a lot to be discovered about the new found North Pole spring hurricane of the Saturn. You can visit Nasa’s direct report here for more detailed information.

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