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Hurricane-like storm on Saturn

  1. Nov 10, 2006 #1


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  3. Nov 10, 2006 #2
    Fascinating! The eye is very similar indeed!
  4. Nov 11, 2006 #3


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    RELEASE: 06-344 - NASA Sees Into the Eye of a Monster Storm on Saturn

    I have to wonder about the statement that "since Saturn is a gaseous planet, the storm forms without an ocean at its base". I don't think this is necessarily correct. Given the pressures and temperatures, at some point there has to be liquid. We just need to take a closer look! :tongue2: :approve: I would like to see probes dropped down to the 'surface' of both Saturn and Jupiter to explore the conditions down in the atmosphere.
  5. Nov 11, 2006 #4


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    Absolutely right. At some pressure, those gases must be liquid, and it's hard to imagine that the latent heat of vaporization doesn't contribute to driving convection in the gaseous phase, including that monster storm.
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