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After-Effects Of Saturn’s Super Storm Shine On


Saturn’s giant storm, as seen at visible wavelengths during much of 2011. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The heat-seeking capabilities of the international Cassini spacecraft and two ground-based telescopes have provided the first look at the aftermath of Saturn’s ‘Great Springtime Storm’. Concealed from the naked eye, a giant oval vortex is persisting long after the visible effects of the storm subsided.

But in new reports that focus on the temperatures, winds and composition of Saturn’s atmosphere, scientists find that the spectacular cloud displays were only part of the story. Much of the associated activity took place beyond the reach of visible-light cameras, and the after-effects are still continuing today.

“It’s extremely unusual, as we can only see the vortex at infrared wavelengths – we can’t tell that it is there simply by looking at the cloud cover.”

Full story: http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMLPIMFL8H_index_1.html
Also: http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=50994
Also: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/cassini20121025.html

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