Interplanetary climate change: Rare, enormous gas storm detected on Saturn

October 26, 2012 SPACENASA says the Cassini spacecraft recorded the aftermath of a massive storm on Saturn that let out an “unprecedented belch of energy.” Not only was the size of the storm unusual, but what the storm was made of left scientists puzzled. The source of the cosmic burp, which rapidly changed the atmosphere’s temperature, was ethylene gas, an odorless, colorless gas that has rarely been observed on Saturn, NASA said. “This temperature spike is so extreme, it’s almost unbelievable,” said Brigette Hesman, the study’s lead author who works at Goddard. “To get a temperature change of the same scale on Earth, you’d be going from the depths of winter in Fairbanks, Alaska, to the height of summer in the Mojave Desert,” Hesman said in a statement released by NASA. Scientists still haven’t figured out where the ethylene gas came from. By comparison, a storm of similar size on Earth would cover North America from top to bottom and wrap the planet many times, researchers said. The Cassini spacecraft first detected the disruption on December 5, 2010, and has been following it since, but researchers said the ethylene gas disruption that followed the storm was unexpected. A storm this size happens once every 30 years, or once every Saturn year, NASA scientists said. Launched in 1997, the Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. A full report will be published in November’s issue of the Astrophysical Journal. –CNN
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5 Responses to Interplanetary climate change: Rare, enormous gas storm detected on Saturn

  1. Irene C says:

    Thank you for this information. It’s fascinating knowing what is happening on the other planets in our solar system.

  2. Josh says:

    Amazing…

    Josh Owings Sent from my iPhone

    On Oct 26, 2012, at 5:11 AM, “The Extinction Protocol: 2012 and beyond” wrote:

    WordPress.com The Extinction Protocol posted: ” October 26, 2012 SPACE – NASA says the Cassini spacecraft recorded the aftermath of a massive storm on Saturn that let out an unprecedented belch of energy. Not only was the size of the storm unusual, but what the storm was made of left scient”

  3. Kat says:

    And now our little planet now with the Methane release, scary stuff. Alvin, seems like an acceleration of events are merging, what is your take on a time frame for leaving the city and heading out to a rural setting?

    • Things are definitely accelerating, wildly. Since events will start compounding expontentially, we don’t have much time before the planet will soon be engulf in a full-blown crisis that will cease no respite. I hate predicting time frames, but we could be 12 to 24 months away from major episodes.

  4. Emanni says:

    Cassini Spacecraft Reveals Unprecedented Saturn Storm
    Cassini recorded the storm in great detail, both with its cameras and with its Radio and Plasma Wave Science instrument, which detected electrostatic pulses from lightning strikes within the clouds.
    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/01/17/cassini-spacecraft-reveals-unprecedented-saturn-storm/

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