What you’re looking at above was captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, and shows the first close-up, visible-light views of a massive hurricane on Saturn’s north pole. The bright clouds that you see at the outer edge are traveling at approximately 330mph. It swirls inside a mysterious, six-sided weather pattern known as the hexagon. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Here’s what Andrew Ingersoll, a Cassini imaging team member at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, has to say: “We did a double take when we saw this vortex because it looks so much like a hurricane on Earth. But there it is at Saturn, on a much larger scale, and it is somehow getting by on the small amounts of water vapor in Saturn’s hydrogen atmosphere.”