The Rose Storm on Saturn

The Rose Storm on Saturn

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This incredible image from the Cassini probe shows a hurricane currently in force over Saturn's north pole. The colours aren't real though they represent the height of the clouds. The red clouds are lower and the green higher.

This incredible storm would wreck havoc if it were on Earth. It is estimated to be about 1,250 miles across and have wind speeds up to 330 miles per hour. To put that into context Earth's fastest hurricane speed is about 200 miles per hour.

This hurricane is locked to the north pole and obviously doesn't have an ocean beneath it. This is still a mystery as to how and why it should exist.

Its the beauty of many space pictures combined with the mysteries surrounding them that really makes astronomy such a fascinating and enjoyable hobby for me.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

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