Yet Another Storm on Saturn

This Hubble Space Telescope image of the ringed planet Saturn shows a rare storm that appears as a white arrowhead-shaped feature near the planet's equator. The storm is generated by an upwelling of warmer air, similar to a terrestrial thunderhead. The east-west extent of this storm is equal to the diameter of the Earth (about 12700 kilometres). Hubble provides new details about the effects of Saturn's prevailing winds on the storm. The new image shows that the storm's motion and size have changed little since its discovery in September, 1994.

Credit:

Reta Beebe (New Mexico State University), D. Gilmore, L. Bergeron (STScI), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo9453a
Type:Observation
Release date:21 December 1994, 06:00
Size:782 x 540 px

About the Object

Name:Saturn
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
• Solar System : Planet : Feature : Atmosphere : Storm
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