Monster storm on Saturn packed a punch

The worlds in our system are amazing.

Global News

TORONTO – Using NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, scientists have found that an incredible storm that raged across Saturn in 2010 – encircling the massive planet – was able to churn up water ice from great depths.

“The new finding from Cassini shows that Saturn can dredge up material from more than [160 kilometres],” said Kevin Baines, who works at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “It demonstrates in a very real sense that typically demure-looking Saturn can be just as explosive or even more so than typically stormy Jupiter.”

Saturn isn’t any stranger to monster storms, as these disturbances tear across the planet’s northern hemisphere approximately every 30 years or so. But the one in 2010 was the mother of all storms in observable history.

What makes this finding particularly interesting – and relevant – is that scientists realize that the storms on Saturn are much like storms on…

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