Thought that Earth was the only planet that can experience weather patterns? Well guess again! This year, scientists from NASA discovered what appeared to be a massive hurricane taking place on the planet Saturn. Using the spacecraft known as Cassini, scientists acquired a close-up view of the storm that took place around Saturn’s north pole. The eye of this hurricane was about 1,250 miles wide which is 20 times larger than the average hurricane on Earth!
Pictured above to the right is the actual hurricane scientists witnessed on Saturn.
Scientists were able to conclude that this hurricane traveled at 330 miles per hour. Scientists were also very appalled at how such a massive storm could survive on such small amounts of water vapor in Saturn’s hydrogen atmosphere. Scientists at NASA have been studying this hurricane, even long after it ended. They hope to use this hurricane to gain insight into hurricanes on Earth, which feed off warm ocean water. Figuring out how storms on Saturn could use water vapor may help scientists to understand more about how terrestrial hurricanes are created and sustained.
By Amanda Okpoebo