Big Storm on Saturn

SUBHEAD: A storm is circling Saturn so fast, it catches up with its own tail. By Charlie Jane Anders on 7 July 2011 for Signs of the Time- ( Image above: Storm on Saturn runs over its own tail. From original article. Check out the most intense Saturn storm that the Cassini spacecraft has ever recorded. You can see it overtaking its own tail as it zooms around Saturn's Northern hemisphere. (The tail is the blue clouds to the South and West.) The storm started months ago, and is still active today. The storm's surface area is eight times the surface area of our own planet. And at its most intense, the storm has generated more than 10 lightning flashes per second. It covers 500 times the area of the largest of the Southern hemisphere storms Cassini has observed - there were several storms in the Southern region scientists dubbed "storm alley," but the hemispheres flipped around August 2009, when the Northern hemisphere began experiencing spring. Image above: Details of storms head and trail. From original article. Says Georg Fischer, the lead author of a paper about this new storm:
"This storm is thrilling because it shows how shifting seasons and solar illumination can dramatically stir up the weather on Saturn. We have been observing storms on Saturn for almost seven years, so tracking a storm so different from the others has put us at the edge of our seats."
See also: Ea O Ka Aina: Comet Elenin is Coming 5/19/11 .


Anonymous said...

What this article fails to mention is that the super storm is not due until 2020, and that the electrical storm activity started in Jan 2009 - check out where Elenin was in relation to Saturn at that time. Saturn does not normally have such storms except for its big one every 30 years, it's 9 years early and raging. Why?

Look on wiki or any astronomical site about the Great White Spot storm on Saturn. They occurred in 1876, 1903, 1933,1960 and 1990. This is the same period as 1 Saturnian year, so its an annual event for the planet, or every 28.5 earth years. Saturn has been observable with telescopes long before NASA existed. I am not certain that Elenin is causing these storms, but its yet another coincidence. What do you think is going on?

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