Snapshots reveal details of Saturn's gigantic hurricane

Storm dwarfs anything on Earth

By Erin Wayman, 11:19 AM April 30, 2013

An enormous cyclone spinning around Saturn’s north pole puts to shame even Earth’s most devastating hurricanes. New snapshots reveal that the storm’s eye spans 2,000 kilometers, making it some 30 times larger than the average Earth hurricane eye. And with a speed of more than 500 kilometers per hour, the storm’s winds blow twice as fast as a Category 5 hurricane, NASA announced April 29.

Astronomers first detected the storm several years ago during Saturn’s winter, when the north pole was ...

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