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The Storm on Saturn

Eight months later and still the biggest on record

You think the tornado that hit Missouri was bad? Or the snow in the northeast last winter? A storm currently raging on Saturn is eight times the surface area of Earth and has been raging for eight months.

It’s 500 times bigger than anything previously seen on Saturn, was first spotted last December, and has moved across the entire planet, leaving a trail of clouds that have now met up with the head of the storm.

“Saturn is not like Earth and Jupiter, where storms are fairly frequent” said Andrew Ingersoll, one of the members of the team that’s studying Saturn through the Cassini spacecraft that’s orbiting the planet. “Weather on Saturn appears to hum along placidly for years and then erupt violently.”