Saturn’s North Pole Swirls Resemble A Watercolor Painting

Posted: Nov 15 2016, 5:25am CST | by , Updated: Nov 15 2016, 6:18am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Saturn’s North Pole Bands and Swirls Looks Like a Watercolor Painting
Saturn's north polar region displays its beautiful bands and swirls, which somewhat resemble the brushwork in a watercolor painting. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
  • Saturn’s Colorful Swirls revealed in Superb Cassini Probe Pics

The planet Saturn’s colorful swirls were revealed in a series of superb pics taken by the Cassini Probe.

The first time you look at it, it appears to be the epitome of cool and calm. However, stunning new images of Saturn in close up form show a large hexagonal storm at its North Pole.

Also its huge rings were seen in their majestic glory. In actuality, the atmospheric conditions of the planet are such that there are winds raging everywhere. Also the weather is undergoing evolution which is sporadically interrupted by great storms.

All this data comes to us courtesy of NASA. The space agency showed the world images of Saturn’s North Pole recently. The bands and swirls appear to be a combination of an artist’s and mystic’s vision captured on film.

Each band is actually air flowing at various different speeds. The clouds are also situated at different heights. That is when you compare them to adjacent bands.

The points where they are conjoined, the bands have many eddies and swirls. As for the hexagonal shape, it is located on the North Pole. This can be seen as a shadowy region.

It is actually the eye of a hurricane storm on Saturn. As for the rings, they consist of icy particles that are constantly bumping up against one another.

This bumping and grinding of the ice particles plays a role in the rings’ changing patterns. Saturn’s moons also ought to be taken into consideration here. Their effect is visible too.

The Cassini Probe has really helped mankind gain a better understanding of the most beautiful planet in the solar system short of maybe Earth or Jupiter.

The insights that have been gained will go on to expand our database on this vital world. Saturn’s hexagonal storm had always puzzled scientists. Such is not the case anymore.

The enigmatic six-sided storm has held astronomers and astrophysicists in its thrall since times immemorial. It is actually 20,000 miles in its overall width.

There are raging wings and a polar cyclone among the phenomena found in this storm. Between 2012 and 2016, the planet’s northern region underwent a series of changes that were crucial.

The color changed from blue to gold. The reason behind this remains unknown. It may have to do with the seasonal changes that occur on the planet.

The hexagonal storm may be a barricade against haze particles which it does not allow any entry into the North Pole. Surely various reactions occurred on Saturn which caused these changes in the first place.

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