Major storm on Saturn

The accompanying movie shows the Saturn white spot, a great storm in the equatorial region of Saturn, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field/Planetary Camera in November 1990. The white spot was discovered by amateur astronomers in September, 1990. Such storms are rare: the last one in the equatorial region occurred in 1933. The movie contains one complete rotation of Saturn. The storm extends completely around the planet, in some places it appears as great masses of clouds and in others as well organized turbulence.



About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:17 January 1991, 06:00
Size:3116 x 2400 px

About the Object

Type:Solar System : Planet
Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
Solar System : Planet : Feature : Atmosphere
Solar System : Planet : Feature : Atmosphere : Storm
Category:Solar System

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