Late last year, something was rumbling deep in Saturn’s atmosphere. NASA’s Cassini Solstice mission, currently in orbit around the beautiful ringed gas giant, detected the crackling of lightning activity.
Then, a small whirling blemish started to grow, and in a matter of weeks a vast storm was born. As the storm progressed into 2011, it grew to 9,000 miles across, with its rippling tail wrapping around an entire hemisphere. In these photographs released Cassini’s imaging team last week, the dramatic detail of the historic storm has been processed, showing the intricate detail of the beautiful violence of Saturn’s dynamic atmosphere.
Full story at Discovery News.