Saturn Has More Than Just Rings.

We all know that Saturn has lovely rings surround it, but did you know it has hexagons also?

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took the high resolution images above of the hexagon structure around Saturn’s north pole.  The hexagon is a wavy jet stream of 200-mile-per-hour winds (about 322 kilometers per hour) with a massive, rotating storm at the center.

The famous red eye storm of Jupiter is probably the most visible, but not the only one.

Neptune’s storms are quite pretty in blue and white.

Uranus’s green storm and rings are most interesting due to the north to south rotation of the planet.

The annual dust storms on Mars do hint that the god of war seems to be very active on our neighbor.

The magnetic and acid storms on Venus can be terrifying.  To date, no probe has lasted more than a few minutes on the surface.

And our own planet has it share of stormy weather, driven by the Sun and tempered by the planet’s rotation.

Storms around the Solar system are beautiful, varied and terrifying each in their own way.



– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +


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