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Freak One-Eyed Monster Storm Spotted on Saturn
SPACE.com website ^ | posted: 09 November 2006 | By Robert Roy Britt, Senior Science Writer

Posted on 11/10/2006 12:19:03 AM PST by Fred Nerks

A freaky storm two-thirds the diameter of Earth and unlike anything ever seen has been spotted on Saturn.

The tempest, some 5,000 miles wide (8,000 kilometers), has an oddly human-looking hurricane-like eye [image]. But it is very different from a terrestrial hurricane, scientists said today.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed the huge storm. It swirls with 350 mph winds at the ringed planet's south pole. It has a remarkably well-defined eye ringed by clouds that soar 20 to 45 miles high (30 to 75 kilometers), or up to five times taller than hurricane clouds on Earth.

"It looks like a hurricane, but it doesn't behave like a hurricane," said Andrew Ingersoll, a member of Cassini's imaging team at the California Institute of Technology. "Whatever it is, we're going to focus on the eye of this storm and find out why it's there."

The storm's eye is clear of clouds, as with a hurricane on Earth. And the eye-wall clouds are also similar to those that surround the eye of a storm here. Researchers don't know if rising, moist air is fueling the clouds, as in a normal hurricane. But the storm's eye, eye-wall and spiral arms are all "hurricane-like," they say.

Yet this storm rotates around Saturn's south pole—astronomers say the pole seems to be within the storm's eye and the system seems locked in place.

Other gas-planet storms, like the Red Spot on Jupiter and many smaller storms on both Saturn and Jupiter, do not have eyes.

This newfound storm's eye offers a window into Saturn.

"The clear skies over the eye appear to extend down to a level about twice as deep as the usual cloud level observed on Saturn," said Kevin Baines of Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "This gives us the deepest view yet into Saturn over a wide range of wavelengths, and reveals a mysterious set of dark clouds at the bottom of the eye."

Previous observations have shown that Saturn's south pole is warmer than other parts of the planet by about 4 degrees Fahrenheit.

"The winds decrease with height, and the atmosphere is sinking, compressing and heating over the south pole," said Richard Achterberg, a member of Cassini's composite infrared spectrometer team at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center, Greenbelt, Md.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; saturn; storm

This newfound storm's eye offers a window into Saturn.

1 posted on 11/10/2006 12:19:05 AM PST by Fred Nerks
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To: Fred Nerks

It's a conspiracy!

2 posted on 11/10/2006 12:24:35 AM PST by endthematrix ("If it's not the Crusades, it's the cartoons.")
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To: endthematrix

LOL! No it's not...it's a giant flush!


3 posted on 11/10/2006 12:28:01 AM PST by Fred Nerks ("Illegitimi non carborundum",)
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To: Fred Nerks

Bush's fault?

... or sit-home Republican's fault???


4 posted on 11/10/2006 12:30:24 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Fred Nerks

It must be the American electorate's flush of the Republican Party.


5 posted on 11/10/2006 12:33:28 AM PST by jonrick46
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To: endthematrix

Rove's weather machine sure picked a fine time to misfire.


6 posted on 11/10/2006 12:56:21 AM PST by non-anonymous
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To: Fred Nerks
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.
7 posted on 11/10/2006 12:57:14 AM PST by marsh_of_mists
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To: endthematrix

Thailand?


8 posted on 11/10/2006 12:58:06 AM PST by Redcloak (Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
Obviously, too much use of carbon based fuels.
9 posted on 11/10/2006 12:58:16 AM PST by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: Fred Nerks

"All of these worlds are yours except Titan. Attempt no landings there."


10 posted on 11/10/2006 1:04:53 AM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

I'm an aussie, we get fined if we 'choose' not to vote...yet the (conservative) Liberal Party led by John Howard has won the last four elections.

I am therefor in favour of compulsory voting...

Back to Saturn. That 'storm' looks like a vortex. It's stationary.


11 posted on 11/10/2006 2:55:56 AM PST by Fred Nerks ("Illegitimi non carborundum",)
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To: jonrick46

It must be the American electorate's flush of the Republican Party.

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Or the result of the maelstrom of misinformation and propaganda courtesy of the lying MSM.


12 posted on 11/10/2006 2:58:17 AM PST by Fred Nerks ("Illegitimi non carborundum",)
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To: Fred Nerks
Freak One-Eyed Monster Storm Spotted on Saturn

I distinctly remember Al Gore having two eyes. Did global warming claim one of them?

Very cool, I'm going to see if I can google some more images of the actual storm (not the freak storm above.)

13 posted on 11/10/2006 3:00:26 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: marsh_of_mists

"...It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone."

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From November 2006 until the next elections?


14 posted on 11/10/2006 3:01:03 AM PST by Fred Nerks ("Illegitimi non carborundum",)
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To: Caipirabob

spotted a great tagline the other day...can't recall who owns it, went something like this:

'after Al Gore invented the internet, he invented Global Warming'.

Ping me if you find any images, please


15 posted on 11/10/2006 3:05:12 AM PST by Fred Nerks ("Illegitimi non carborundum",)
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To: Fred Nerks

One-eyed. South pole. There could have been so many jokes here if this had been one planet out.


16 posted on 11/10/2006 3:10:27 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
SmileyCentral.com
17 posted on 11/10/2006 3:18:15 AM PST by Fred Nerks ("Illegitimi non carborundum",)
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To: Fred Nerks

Found some at Nasa.gov site. Here's a link, which shows a few images and a few second 'show'.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/index.html


18 posted on 11/10/2006 7:29:54 AM PST by sasha123
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To: Fred Nerks; 75thOVI; AndrewC; Avoiding_Sulla; BenLurkin; Berosus; CGVet58; chilepepper; ckilmer; ...
Thanks Fred Nerks for the link.

· Catastrophism ping list · join · view topics · view or post blog · bookmark ·

19 posted on 11/10/2006 8:38:22 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Dhimmicrati delenda est! https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Fred Nerks

BTTT .......


20 posted on 11/10/2006 8:55:07 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Fred Nerks


21 posted on 11/10/2006 8:57:50 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Red Badger

Ray Nagin to the rescue!

22 posted on 11/10/2006 9:00:56 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Dancing through life like a street mime with tourettes syndrome.)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Europa. You have the quote wrong.

NFP

23 posted on 11/10/2006 9:31:47 AM PST by Notforprophet (Democrats have stood their own arguments on their heads so often that they now stand for nothing.)
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To: Caipirabob

24 posted on 11/10/2006 10:02:59 AM PST by kAcknor (Don't flatter yourself.... It is a gun in my pocket.)
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To: Red Badger; sasha123

thanks for the images and link.


25 posted on 11/10/2006 1:39:03 PM PST by Fred Nerks ("Illegitimi non carborundum",)
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To: Fred Nerks

At least we now have a rational explanation for the crop circles on Saturn.


26 posted on 11/10/2006 1:42:10 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (You cannot live forever, so live a life that will never be forgotten.)
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To: Notforprophet

I know-I was trying to be punny : )


27 posted on 11/10/2006 3:13:14 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Larry Lucido

rolling eyes


28 posted on 11/11/2006 5:31:36 PM PST by Shimmer128 (My beloved is mine and I am his, Song of Sol 2:16)
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To: Shimmer128
Hey, I COULD have said something like "The scientists later realized they were looking at Uranus."
29 posted on 11/11/2006 7:09:49 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Fred Nerks

I wonder if FEMA has been put on alert for immediate deployment to Saturn???


30 posted on 11/11/2006 7:14:52 PM PST by USMA '71
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To: Larry Lucido

You'll have to do better than that if you want to make me blush.
On second thought, you win...I give up! :D


31 posted on 11/11/2006 8:08:27 PM PST by Shimmer128 (My beloved is mine and I am his, Song of Sol 2:16)
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32 posted on 11/04/2007 8:31:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, October 22, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Fred Nerks

Ha! You can’t fool me, that’s Katie Couric.


33 posted on 11/04/2007 8:40:18 PM PST by Nachoman (My guns and my ammo, they comfort me.)
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34 posted on 07/08/2011 5:04:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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