NASA Spots Colossal Saturn Hurricane
It's bigger, more powerful, and longer-lasting than Earth counterpart
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2013 11:46 AM CDT
In an undated in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and provided by NASA/JPL shows stunning views of a monster hurricane at Saturn's North Pole.   (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

(Newser) – The hurricane roiling around Saturn's north pole looks a lot like a hurricane on Earth—except much, much bigger. Its eye is about 20 times bigger than Earth standards at 1,250 miles wide, and the storm is also more powerful, with winds as high as 330mph. A NASA probe caught pictures and video of the hurricane, giving us our most detailed look yet, Space.com reports. "We did a double take when we saw this vortex because it looks so much like a hurricane on Earth," says an imaging team member.

Rather than drifting northward as Earth hurricanes tend to, this one has been going on at Saturn's north pole since at least 2004. Another interesting point: It's "somehow getting by on the small amounts of water vapor in Saturn's hydrogen atmosphere," the imaging team member notes. Scientists plan to study how it's doing that, which could in turn offer insights into Earth hurricanes.

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Falcon269
May 1, 2013 6:55 AM CDT
Obviously caused by our CO2 emissions! One more reason to fight Global warming.
right2dave
May 1, 2013 5:31 AM CDT
As we speak a Hollywood fund raiser is being set up?
hog_one
May 1, 2013 4:27 AM CDT
I noticed they didn't tell us when FEMA was going tobe sent there.