Storm On Saturn Wraps Around Entire Planet

July 7, 2011


Note: Much larger version HERE in case you're looking for an out-of-this-world (but not solar system) wallpaper.

This is allegedly a real picture (although I have my doubts -- NASA) of a massive storm on Saturn that has wrapped around the entire planet and caught up with its tail (the fainter discoloration below the brighter one). Impressive, but my dog does that shit all the time. Plus hock up unchewed kibble on the carpet.

Given Saturn's diameter of about 120,000 km (72,000 miles) and the latitude of the storm (call it 45°), this monster system must be well over 300,000 km (180,000 miles) in length! That's three-quarters of the way from the Earth to the Moon.

Crazy. But equally crazy: how the photo was shot dead-on with Saturn's rings so they only appear as a line. Now that's nuts. And not little ones like pistachios either, I'm talking some bigass ones -- like coconuts. "You're so dumb GW, coconuts aren't even nuts -- the Coco de Mer is actually the world's largest botanical nut and can weigh over 60-pounds." Hoho -- sounds like we've got a nut-lover in the audience! *teabag, teabag* BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.

A storm wraps around Saturn [badastronomy]

Thanks to Julian, who's particularly fond of space because that's where cheese comes from. Yeaaaaaaaaah, I'm not sure who told you that, Julian, but they are 100% correct! (It was probably me)

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