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Astronomy lovers, I haven't forsaken you! I've just been murderated by teaching way too many frakin' classes this semester, plus reading for the Campbell Award, prepping for the CSSF summer program, and a billion other things. So as I take a little break, I thought I'd share a little astro-porn. Check out this lovely video that Sky & Telescope imaging editor Sean Walker made from a sequence of Hubble Saturn photos:



Right now, Saturn is displaying unusual white bands in its atmosphere, remnants from a giant storm that struck the ringed planet last winter:


Click the image to see the Universe Today story; photo by Anthony Wesley.

You're looking at a storm that started out about the size of planet Earth and has spread out across the entire latitude around Saturn. These "great white spots" only appear once every few decades, so this is a rare treat.
Chris

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zitronenhai
May. 13th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)

siro_gravity
May. 14th, 2011 06:37 am (UTC)
i always love looking at these astronomy posts. the one of saturn moving...it was unexpected. for some reason i thought it would look more move-y. lol!!
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