Huge storm raging on Saturn visible from Earth
A giant storm is raging on Saturn and can be see with most backyard telescopes. Images from Nasa’s Cassini space probe instruments show the storm reaching above Saturn’s cloud tops.
“It seems to grow and move faster. This is the biggest storm on Saturn I’ve ever seen since I started Astronomy.” posts amateur photo-astronomer Fredy Willems of Hawaii, Waipahu in spaceweather.com
The Willems image is shown below with a superimposed scaled Earth next to Saturn. Saturn is about nine time larger than earth and the storm is approximately the size of our planet. The large white spot with trailing circuline shapes is the visible storm.
More unprocessed images are being captured by the Nasa Cassini space telescope and are available on line as raw data feed images here.
Cassini-Huygens is one of the most ambitious missions ever launched into space. Loaded with an array of powerful instruments and cameras, the spacecraft is capable of taking accurate measurements and detailed images in a variety of atmospheric conditions and light spectra.