Meet “The Hexagon" On Saturn

Meet “The Hexagon" On Saturn

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Saturns hexagonal storm.jpg


The Cassini spacecraft never fails to disappoint. The latest image released by the ESA shows a false colour image of the violent storm raging at Saturn’s north pole, named the ‘Hexagon’ due to its strange shape. This storm has been raging for decades and boasts speeds of up to 320 km/h. To give you some sense of scale. The centre storm with its hurricane like ‘eye’ is 50 times larger than a hurricane’s eye here on Earth and the white oval shape in the lower right corner is a vortex that measures twice the size of the largest hurricane recorded here on Earth.

The Cassini spacecraft is due to keep sending us incredible images like this until 2017. I can’t wait to see what it will show us next.

To learn more visit:

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/09/A_cosmic_hurricane

Image credit:

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton University

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