The Eye of Saturn

A new look at the northern polar vortex on Saturn.  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

A new look at the northern polar vortex on Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Not really an eye of course, but it kind of looks like one.  This is a close up view of the northern polar vortex on Saturn taken from the Cassini spacecraft.  I enlarged the image and enhanced it a little to bring out the details a little more.  You can see the original here.

That “eye” is 2,000 km / 1,240 miles across, you can see clouds as them move some 150 meters per sec / 330 miles per hour.

Cassini was 2.2 million km / 1.4 million miles from Saturn at the time the image was taken.

 

 

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