Hurricane on Saturn & more amazing outer space discoveries
Think hurricanes here on Earth are bad? Check out this amazing snap of a monster hurricane at Saturn's North Pole. NASA has shared this false-color image from their Cassini spacecraft. The eye of the cyclone reached 1,250 miles across which is 20 times the size of the storms on Earth.
The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn recently drifted in the giant planet's shadow for about 12 hours and looked back toward the eclipsed Sun. Saturn's rings light up so much that new rings were discovered: Saturn's E ring, the ring created by the newly discovered ice-fountains of the moon Enceladus, and the outermost ring visible above. Far in the distance, visible on the image left just above the bright main rings, is the almost ignorable pale blue dot of Earth.
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NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is mapping moon craters that have never seen the light of day. See how the powerful probe can peek inside the moon's permanent lunar shadows. - Credit: NASA/GSFC/SVS