Great Springtime Storm of Saturn

Brigette Hesman, who studies Saturn storms at the University of Maryland, recaps the “Great Springtime Storm” of Saturn as some call it in video (left). provides rest of the story: “This global storm was the largest recorded tempest since 1903 and grew so large that the storm head traveled all the way around the planet and encountered its own tail. After the most visible effects subsided, scientists considered the storm over. But since May 2011, researchers have been watching two warm spots in Saturn’s clouds using NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and several Earth-based telescopes. Such spots appear periodically and were expected to cool down after a month. Instead, the hotspots merged and produced a colossal cyclone, briefly exceeding even Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot in size and brightness…The bright beacon is now expected to slowly fade away and be gone by 2013…”

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