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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Saturn Storm Panoramas
NASA ^ | July 08, 2011 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 07/07/2011 9:27:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: These tantalizing panoramas follow a remarkable giant storm encircling the northern hemisphere of ringed planet Saturn. Still active, the roiling storm clouds were captured in near-infrared images recorded by the Cassini spacecraft on February 26 and stitched into the high resolution, false-color mosaics. Seen late last year as a prominent bright spot by amateur astronomers as Saturn rose in predawn skies, the powerful storm has grown to enormous proportions. Its north-south extent is nearly 15,000 kilometers as it now stretches completely around the gas giant's northern hemisphere some 300,000 kilometers, Taken about one Saturn day (11 hours) apart, the panoramas show the head of the storm at the left and cover about 150 degrees in longitude. Also a source of radio noise from lightning, the intense storm may be related to seasonal changes as Saturn experiences northern hemisphere spring.

July 08, 2011

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; saturn; science
[Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA]

1 posted on 07/07/2011 9:27:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Don't know why there's these clouds up in the sky...

2 posted on 07/07/2011 9:29:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Blame it on global warming.


3 posted on 07/07/2011 9:31:50 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Photobucket
4 posted on 07/07/2011 9:37:15 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: SunkenCiv

I wouldn’t want to be a cyclist on Saturn. I hate wind.


5 posted on 07/07/2011 9:40:10 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh I am in love with Saturn and it’s wonderful North Pole.


6 posted on 07/07/2011 9:47:11 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh my god. Global Warming has even started affecting Saturn.

Those damn Saturnites had better give up their petroleum based vehicles and power plants.


7 posted on 07/07/2011 10:24:54 PM PDT by jongaltsr (It)
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To: SunkenCiv

8 posted on 07/07/2011 10:37:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: SunkenCiv

I would love those pictures in my living room. They work as an abstract composition beautifully.


9 posted on 07/07/2011 10:50:07 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: FDNYRHEROES

It’s Bush’s fault.


10 posted on 07/07/2011 11:10:06 PM PDT by Bullish (The golfer takes all the credit and gives the jet fighter pilot all the blame.)
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To: I still care

>>> They work as an abstract composition beautifully.

Many agree with you. Paint swirl art is widely available.

An example.

http://rosie-barrett.deviantart.com/art/Paint-Swirls-no-2-146018362


11 posted on 07/08/2011 12:49:45 AM PDT by tlb
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To: SunkenCiv

ohhh...those chili dogs.


12 posted on 07/08/2011 7:54:53 AM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me, Make Me write Bad Checks)
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To: SunkenCiv

Van Gogh is alive and painting the storms of Saturn.


13 posted on 07/08/2011 8:04:06 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s beautiful - so long as I’m not in it.


14 posted on 07/08/2011 12:20:37 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: bigheadfred

Frankly, yes.


15 posted on 07/08/2011 4:06:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TheOldLady

Good comparison! Lend an ear to TOL, all. ;’)


16 posted on 07/08/2011 4:07:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: colorado tanker

One would probably need a new set of windshield wipers, at the very least, after one of these.


17 posted on 07/08/2011 4:07:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: I still care

Maybe a space station in orbit around Saturn would have some tourism appeal.


18 posted on 07/08/2011 4:08:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: JoeProBono

Kinda reminds me of the sixties.


19 posted on 07/08/2011 4:08:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: jongaltsr

Saturnites are alright for fighting, better use their preferred term, Saturnians. They’re touchy. And they’re deaf, imagine having to be in a storm like that all the time.


20 posted on 07/08/2011 4:09:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: FDNYRHEROES

I guess I’ll have to, the bossa nova explanation isn’t going to work here.


21 posted on 07/08/2011 4:21:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: RobRoy

Plus, imagine how many tire changes.


22 posted on 07/08/2011 4:22:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Roccus; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

When I saw your post, it hit me that I should have used this for a Catastrophism list topic. And, it's not too late. ;') Thanks Roccus.


23 posted on 07/08/2011 4:22:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

24 posted on 07/08/2011 4:33:31 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: SunkenCiv
Better images of Saturnian Catastrophism than I posted earlier

Photobucket

25 posted on 07/08/2011 5:01:14 PM PDT by Roccus
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Thanks Beowulf9, that's where Santa lives.
26 posted on 07/08/2011 5:10:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Roccus

Thanks again!


27 posted on 07/08/2011 5:11:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: JoeProBono

“If you say you remember the 60s, uh, um, what were we talking about?”


28 posted on 07/08/2011 5:11:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; TheOldLady
And they’re deaf, imagine having to be in a storm like that all the time.

Then Van Gogh would fit right in. He certainly hasn't the ear for it.

29 posted on 07/08/2011 7:49:43 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me, Make Me write Bad Checks)
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To: SunkenCiv

Friends, Romans, and Countrymen...


30 posted on 07/08/2011 8:03:21 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: bigheadfred

But he has the other ear.


31 posted on 07/08/2011 8:07:21 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: TheOldLady; SunkenCiv
But he has the other ear.

Not anymore. Unless he has been reincarnated on Jupiter. And then he would have both. But that is just silly. You would have to be crazy to try to live on Jupiter with 2 good ears.

32 posted on 07/08/2011 8:16:59 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me, Make Me write Bad Checks)
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To: bigheadfred

I swear I said he was still alive. But you may be right.


33 posted on 07/08/2011 10:01:59 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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