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Even light thunderstorm can cause massive polar cyclones on Saturn

Even light thunderstorm can cause massive polar cyclones on Saturn

Even light thunderstorm can cause massive polar cyclones on Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft seems to be giving us new insights into Saturn and its atmosphere. There is no denying the fact that we actually lack many necessary information about the far off Saturn and its violent polar cyclones.

The latest images and data that came thanks to NASA’s Cassini spacecraft suggest that merely a slight thunderstorm is needed on Saturn’s atmosphere to trigger powerful cyclones capable of sweeping its poles.

Reports from the top space agency suggest that NASA astronomers were actually able to introduce Cassini’s data into a computer model that helped them better understand the origin of the mysterious vortexes, a mystery that had remain unsolved for decades.saturn

Astronomers associated with NASA are of the opinion that the new data can also help them remotely study large-scale atmospheric phenomena on exo-planets, as well. Cassini’s imagery revealed that Saturn’s polar cyclones are linked to “hot spots,” while the north polar cyclone is surrounded by a mysterious hexagonal cloud that blankets the planet’s north pole. NASA scientists believe that the bizarre feature was generated by violent eddies that envelop the central cyclone.

Morgan O’Neill is of the opinion that “Before it was observed, we never considered the possibility of a cyclone on a pole,” O’Neill and team members were able to come up with a simple model of the remote planet’s atmosphere, which had triggered a cohort of minor thunderstorms over the course of time. The model showed that those storms dragged atmospheric gases towards the poles where they created a spin in the atmosphere which resulted in the large polar cyclones we observe today.

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