This swirling maelstrom of clouds is what was seen over Saturn’s North Pole on November 27, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. This is a raw image from a distance of 238,045 miles (383,097 kilometres). The images show an approximately 3,000-4,000-km-wide cyclone above Saturn’s North Pole. Saturn is also known to have a long-lived hexagonal jet stream feature around its north pole as well shown below.
This one was captured with a wider angle, in this image the hexagon structure can be made out as well as the cyclone, which sits at the centre just over the pole. Saturn’s hexagon is about 25,000 km (15,500 miles) in diameter… large enough to fit almost four Earths inside.
One again… HOLY COW.
Colour composites by Jason Major
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute ©2012