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NASA Sees into the Eye of a Monster Storm on Saturn (Cassini)
NASA JPL Space Science Institute ^
| November 9, 2006
| NASA News Release
Posted on 11/09/2006 8:34:10 PM PST by garjog
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has seen something never before seen on another planet -- a hurricane-like storm at Saturn's south pole with a well-developed eye, ringed by towering clouds.
The "hurricane" spans a dark area inside a thick, brighter ring of clouds. It is approximately 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) across, or two thirds the diameter of Earth.
"It looks like a hurricane, but it doesn't behave like a hurricane," said Dr. Andrew Ingersoll, a member of Cassini's imaging team at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. "Whatever it is, we're going to focus on the eye of this storm and find out why it's there."
A movie taken by Cassini's camera over a three-hour period reveals winds around Saturn's south pole blowing clockwise at 550 kilometers (350 miles) per hour.
(Excerpt) Read more at saturn.jpl.nasa.gov ...
TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bigstorm; cassini; catastrophism; nasa; saturn; space; spacecraft
It's Bush's fault.
posted on 11/09/2006 8:34:14 PM PST
Looks pretty calm to me.
posted on 11/09/2006 8:51:23 PM PST
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To: SunkenCiv; KevinDavis
posted on 11/09/2006 9:03:56 PM PST
by annie laurie
(All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
My God! It' full of stars!
posted on 11/09/2006 9:49:26 PM PST
by Knitting A Conundrum
(Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
I wonder how many alien trailer parks it's blown to smithereens?
posted on 11/09/2006 10:28:43 PM PST
No kidding! I always thought 2010 was an incredibly underrated movie, even though critics bashed it. Late 80s sci-fi was meaty, thought provoking material - today everything is just explosions and gadgets no story.
posted on 11/09/2006 10:44:44 PM PST
(Lord have mercy on us)
Hehehehe... The Eye of Saturn!
Hey, the only difference between Saturn and Sauron is a 't' and an 'o'.
Hmmm... That's gotta mean something!?!
To: glmilligan; Knitting A Conundrum
Are my eyes deceiving me, or do I see millions of monoliths eating Saturn ?
posted on 11/09/2006 10:55:45 PM PST
(God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
To: rjp2005; glmilligan
All these worlds are yours except Europa
Attempt no landing there.
2010 is also one of my favorite movies. 2001 a Space Odyssey did absolutely NOTHING for me; it was just too intentionally wierd. The characters and story in 2010 were more interesting, though they were pushing the anti-nuke war message pretty hard.
posted on 11/09/2006 10:59:54 PM PST
Are there any Klingons inside?
posted on 11/09/2006 11:05:53 PM PST
(Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
Uh...Looks like Saturns been dating Uranus...
posted on 11/10/2006 12:48:00 AM PST
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To: annie laurie
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