When Cassini arrived in 2004, Saturn’s north pole was dark because it was the middle of its winter. A visible-light view had to wait for the passing of the equinox in August 2009.
Only then did sunlight begin flooding Saturn’s northern hemisphere. The view also required a change in the angle of Cassini’s orbits around Saturn so the spacecraft could see the poles.
In high-resolution pictures and movie, scientists see that the extent of the hurricane’s eye stretches some 2000 km across. The hurricane – 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth – has thin, bright clouds at the outer edge travelling at 540 km/h. The eyewall winds blow more than four times faster than hurricane force winds on Earth.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
Dat scurry too.
Man I need to come up with a logo for this blog. Any good free photo editing software recommendations?