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Hurricanes on Saturn. Asteroids, Jupiter and Saturn

Hurricanes on Saturn. Asteroids, Jupiter and Saturn

As you can see in the picture, the winds in Saturn's upper atmosphere can become hurricane. They can reach 1,800 kilometers per hour, and combine with the heat that is generated inside the planet. This photograph was captured by NASA's Cassini space probe in April 2013. It is a giant hurricane revolving around the north pole of Saturn.

Thanks to the material sent by the Casini probe, scientists were able to verify that the eye of the hurricane is about 2,000 kilometers wide. That is, its size is 20 times larger than the eye of a hurricane on Earth. The bright clouds seen at the edges of this hurricane travel at a speed of 530 kilometers per hour.

These were the statements of Andrew Ingersoll, a member of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadera: "We made a double take when we saw this vortex, because it looks a lot like the hurricanes that are registered here on Earth. But Saturn's is a a much larger scale, and somehow receives small amounts of water vapor from Saturn's hydrogen atmosphere. "

Today, scientists continue to study this hurricane, in order to better understand those that occur on Earth. Terrestrial hurricanes feed on ocean water, but on Saturn there is no water near those high clouds in the atmosphere. Saturn's storms are supplied with water vapor, and all this information can help to know more about how hurricanes are generated and maintained on our planet.

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