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Amazing Space Photos

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Saturn Cyclones

This image provided by NASA Monday Oct. 13, 2008 shows a side-by-side view of large cyclones at both poles of Saturn obtained by the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer onboard the Cassini spacecraft. The left image is the first detailed image of Saturn's entire north polar region ever obtained. Winds reach over approximately 325 miles per hour just outside the first bright ring nearest the pole. The cyclone reaches out some 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) from the pole, bordered by the hexagon. This hexagon is populated by fast-moving clouds which also reach speeds of over 500 kilometers per hour (300 miles per hour). The south pole image (right), acquired just a few hours after the north polar image also shows a polar cyclone, complete with a central eye clear of clouds. The images were acquired June 15, left and 16, right, 2008.


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