A massive, whirling storm is stirring the south pole of Saturn. Images on NASA show a hurricane-like storm raging on Saturn. This is the first time a storm has been observed on another planet aside from Earth with winds traveling at 350 mph (550kph).

The 14-frame images were captured for a span of three hours on October 11 by the US spacecraft Cassini.

The storm on Saturn is estimated to be around 5,000 miles in width or around two thirds the diameter of Earth.

Michael Flasar, an astrophysicist, said the storm looks just like water swirling down the drain in a bath tub, only on a gigantic scale. “We’ve never seen anything like this before,” Flasar said in an interview. “It’s a spectacular-looking storm.”

Saturn, the second-biggest planet in the solar system with an equatorial diameter of 74,000 miles is around 746 million miles from Earth.

The noted south pole storm in Saturn is definitely much bigger than Earth hurricanes. It has a well-developed eye surrounded by towering clouds that ascend 20-45 miles above those in the dark center, two to five times higher than clouds in our thunderstorms and hurricanes, NASA said.

It differs from Earth hurricanes due to the fact that it remains stuck at the pole rather than roving such storms on Earth probably because it did not form over a liquid water ocean, with Saturn being a gaseous planet, NASA said.  http://www.spiritualityguide.com

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