Extreme weather hits solar system: giant vortex storm system swirling over the southern pole of Saturn’s moon

July 11, 2012 SPACE - A NASA spacecraft has spied a vortex swirling in the atmosphere high above the South Pole of the Saturn moon Titan, hinting that winter may be coming to the huge body’s southern reaches. NASA’s Cassini probe photographed the polar vortex — or mass of swirling gas — during a flyby of Titan on June 27. The vortex appears to complete one full rotation in nine hours, while it takes Titan about 16 days to spin once around its axis. “The structure inside the vortex is reminiscent of the open cellular convection that is often seen over Earth’s oceans,” Tony Del Genio, a Cassini team member at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, said in a statement. “But unlike on Earth, where such layers are just above the surface, this one is at very high altitude, maybe a response of Titan’s stratosphere to seasonal cooling as southern winter approaches,” he added. “But so soon in the game, we’re not sure.” “VIMS has seen a concentration of aerosols forming about 200 miles above the surface of Titan’s south pole,” said Christophe Sotin, a VIMS team member at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. “We’ve never seen aerosols here at this level before, so we know this is something new.” –Space.com
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8 Responses to Extreme weather hits solar system: giant vortex storm system swirling over the southern pole of Saturn’s moon

  1. James says:

    SPACE TORNADO!!! The truth is often times freakier than fiction. This is truly the case and most assuredly one of the many signs of the times… The sad part is that it sounds like a good plot to a doomsday sci-fi thriller…

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  2. Joseph t. Repas says:

    …and after the scientist cut off the frog’s fourth leg he told it to jump and it would not move so the scientist deduced that with no legs the frog could not hear. I can’t believe the the things they think of when they find happenings in space. ” This is something new “.. Titan has been orbiting Saturn for how long and we have just been inspecting them up close for a few years yet Saturn has new changes developing… simply amazing. [ sarcasm ]

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    • JamesKin says:

      I love you already Joe, they prove every day that they are clueless about the electrical
      nature of the universe and they deny their only God. They make me laugh .. alot
      he he he .
      “We are scientist so we know” laugh out loud at them I do.

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      • Joseph t. Repas says:

        Thanks JamesKin ! I love science but when so called scientists jump on the politically correct band wagon just to secure fame or money [grants ] it makes me sick. I am glad that you could appreciate what I wrote and I am so glad that Jesus is my Lord. It is a fascinating universe he has created for us.. and this is just the TEMPORARY one!!! Imagine how great the eternal one must be! :>

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  3. Irene C says:

    Well, I wonder how the “man-made” global warming folks are going to spin this?

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  4. tonic says:

    An Unconvienient Truth. Weird things are not just happening on Earth.

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