Monster Hurricane Swirls On Saturn

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (April 29, 2013)--NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured some stunning views of a monster hurricane that’s swirling at Saturn's North Pole.

The eye of the cyclone is 1,250 miles across, 20 times larger than the typical eye of a hurricane on Earth, ,and it's spinning super-fast.

Clouds at the outer edge of the storm are whipping around at 330 miles per hour.

The hurricane is parked at Saturn's North Pole and relies on water vapor to keep it churning.

It's believed to have been there for years, but Cassini only recently had a chance to observe the vortex in visible light.

Scientists hope to learn more about Earth's hurricanes by studying this whopper at Saturn.

Cassini was launched from Cape Canaveral in 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004.


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