Friday, August 15, 2014

Saturn's Swirling Cloudscape

Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA

Explanation: "Acquiring its first sunlit views of far northern Saturn in late 2012, the Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera recorded this stunning, false-color image of the ringed planet's north pole. The composite of near-infrared image data results in red hues for low clouds and green for high ones, giving the Saturnian cloudscape a vivid appearance. 

Enormous by terrestrial standards, Saturn's north polar hurricane-like storm is deep, red, and about 2,000 kilometers wide. Clouds at its outer edge travel at over 500 kilometers per hour. Other atmospheric vortices also swirl inside the large, yellowish green, six-sided jet stream known as the hexagon. Beyond the cloud tops at the upper right, arcs of the planet's eye-catching rings appear bright blue." - NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

1 comment:

ruffletheteacher.com said...

A long time ago I posted on YouTube a series titled Thread of a Conspiracy, in which I concluded the 90lbs of plutonium in Cassini's power plant was a last resort option. The theory was that gravity waves from GC could be countered by a black hole with an opposing spin, or sence. By sending Cassini into the hexagonal hurricane in Oct 2012, the crushing atmospheric pressure would start fusion of the plutonium, leading to ignition of the Saturian atmosphere, leading to the eventual formation of a BH. The only piece of data I never found was the orbital position of Cassini in late 2012. Hmmmm....