Originally posted on CBS Tampa:
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured stunning views of a monster hurricane at Saturn’s North Pole.
The eye of the cyclone is an enormous 1,250 miles across. That’s 20 times larger than the typical eye of a hurricane here on Earth. And it’s spinning super-fast. Clouds at the outer edge of the storm are whipping around at 330 mph.
“We did a double take when we saw this vortex because it looks so much like a hurricane on Earth,” Andrew Ingersoll, a Cassini imaging team member at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said in a NASA statement. “But there it is at Saturn, on a much larger scale, and it is somehow getting by on the small amounts of water vapor in Saturn’s hydrogen atmosphere.”