Hurricane on Saturn

Monster Hurricane on Saturn’s North Pole

False-color Image Credit: NASA, via CC

Our little spy, the Cassini Spacecraft has been sending us pictures of Saturn for the last nine years. It landed on Saturn in 2004.

Now it has been capturing amazing pictures of a monster hurricane raging at the north pole of Saturn. The hurricane has an eye which is 2,000 km (1,250 mi) wide – big enough to cover almost the whole of Australia. Wow! Does the monster have eyes just like us?

Not really! A hurricane’s eye is actually the center of the hurricane. This is the calmest part of the storm. Hurricanes that happen on the Earth have an eye usually between 20-50 km in diameter. The eye is the focus of the hurricane, the point about which the rest of the storm rotates. Bigger the eye, stronger the hurricane.

Did you know that the calmest part of the hurricane at Saturn is almost four times stronger than the actual hurricane on Earth? Imagine how strong would that hurricane be!

Thank God! No one lives on the Saturn.

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