Be Glad You Don't Live on Saturn

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By Sacred Heart on November 29, 2012, 1:44pm Last modified: November 29, 2012, 1:45pm

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The above image was taken on November 27, 2012, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The camera was 224,618 miles (361,488 kilometers) away. To put that into perspective, the distance from our moon to the Earth is approximately 238,900 miles (384,400 km). So, imagine looking up at the Moon from the Earth and seeing a storm of this size dominating the moon. 

Think that's bad? Look at this. That smaller circle in the middle? That is the vortex you had just seen. This image shows a hexagonal-shaped storm that is a constant feature on Saturn's north pole. In fact, data from Cassini reveals that these storms are always raging on each of Saturn's Poles, which are caused by heat from planet's interior. 

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