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11/10/06

Saturn's 5,000-Mile 'Hurricane'

These pictures reveal that Saturn's south pole is a cauldron of storm activity, unlike anything ever seen on any planet. These pictures reveal that Saturn's south pole is a cauldron of storm activity, unlike anything ever seen on any planet.
NASA's Cassini Space Probe has discovered something never before seen on any other planet -- a massive, hurricanelike storm at Saturn's south pole with a well-developed eye, ringed by towering clouds. NASA's Cassini Space Probe has discovered something never before seen on any other planet -- a massive, hurricanelike storm at Saturn's south pole with a well-developed eye, ringed by towering clouds.

A freaky storm two-thirds the diameter of Earth and unlike anything ever seen before has been spotted on Saturn.

The tempest, some 5,000 miles wide (8,000 kilometers), has an oddly human-looking, hurricane-style eye. But it is very different from a terrestrial hurricane, scientists said Thursday.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed the huge storm. It swirls with 350 mph (560 kilometer-per-hour) winds at the ringed planet's south pole. It has a remarkably well-defined eye, ringed by clouds that soar 20 to 45 miles high (30 to 75 kilometers), or up to five times taller than hurricane clouds on Earth.

Source: AP

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