Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-Image of the Day: big storm on Saturn

This newly released image from the Cassini mission proves that massive storms aren't just for Jupiter anymore!

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Here we see an electrical storm that the Cassini probe has been observing for five months. Thunderstorms on Saturn appear to work much the same as such storms on Earth; however, on Saturn, the lightning bolts tearing through the cloud-tops are 10,000 times as powerful as ours.

Cool detail: Amateur astronomers have proven vital to tracking this storm: "Since Cassini's camera cannot track the storm every day, the amateur data are invaluable... [the Cassini team is] in continuous contact with astronomers from around the world, the key players being Marc Delcroix and other observers from the French Astronomical Society, Ralf Vandebergh from the Netherlands, Christopher Go from the Philippines, and Trevor Barry from Australia."

Tags: astronomy

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