Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second-largest in the Solar Systemafter Jupiter. It is a gas giant with an average radius about nine times that of Earth. Saturn's interior is probably composed of a core of iron—nickel and rock silicon and oxygen compounds.
The cloud features that are visible on Saturn appear to be the tops of active convection systems that push their way up into the overlying semitransparent region. While generally less active than Jupiter's atmosphere, a number of spots have been observed in Saturn's atmosphere from ground-based observations over many years Sanchez-Lavega, Like Jupiter, cloud tracking of the motion of eddies in Saturn's atmosphere suggests that it is the small eddies that drive the zonal jets and not vice versa, though Del Genio et al.
A new study based on data from the Cassini mission is revealing something surprising in the atmosphere of Saturn. The Cassini spacec raft is nearing the end of its lifespan. This persistent storm was first noticed in images sent back by the Voyager 1 and 2 missions, which flew by Saturn in andrespectively.
This causes air to spiral down from higher in the atmosphere, like water going down a drain. Venus rotates slowly, yet it has permanent vortices in its atmosphere at both poles. What is more, the rotation speed of the atmosphere is much greater than that of the planet.
This structure is thought to extend hundreds of miles in height. The hexagon discovery is intriguing, since it appears that the higher-altitude hexagon is massive, hundreds of miles tall. The observations show that it warms as the north pole of Saturn approaches summertime.
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Cities across the Midwest and Northeast U. The frigid conditions have been linked to at least nine deaths already. The big picture: An air mass that originated in the High Arctic is sweeping through the U.
The best views yet of a giant, once-in-a-generation storm on Saturn are now emerging, revealing how such tempests disrupt the ringed planet and create hot spots and cold vortexes, researchers say. These findings could shed new light on the behavior of giant planets orbiting both alien stars and our sun. The atmosphere of Saturn normally appears calm, but about once per Saturn year — equal to about 30 Earth years — the giant world is gripped by a titanic storm as spring comes to its northern hemisphere.