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Big storm on Saturn
Hungry4info
post Jan 13 2011, 01:03 AM
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Additional images from Rev 143.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imag...5/W00066331.jpg
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imag...5/W00066332.jpg

Have we seen those ripples extending up toward the equator before?


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post Jan 13 2011, 01:31 AM
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There's some beautiful belt detail in the last batch of raws. It is starting to look more like Jupiter.
Gotta figure a creative way to use the MT3, MT2, and CB2 combo set.


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post Jan 13 2011, 04:59 AM
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Straightforward combo of HiPassMT2 RGB[MT3,MT2,CB2]. Some channel mixing between the methane transmission layers and a gentle contrast enhancement:
Blue is deep atmosphere (much methane absorbtion), white is upper levels (light reflected before methane can get absorbed) .

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Amazing detail in this! The bright upwelling at the upper left of the image seems to have a dark spot in MT2 and MT3 images (eyewall??). Immediately to the SW of the upwelling is a deep blue vortex of descending air. Cloud patterns around this spot show a counterclockwise pattern.

And a shockwave can be seen trailing from the W edge of the storm down through the southern belt almost to northern edge of the the Equatorial belt.


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post Jan 13 2011, 11:23 AM
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That's really nice Mike - quite some detail there, and yes, you can clearly see the shockwave propagating back from the storm's leading edge.

Awesome.
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post Jan 14 2011, 03:20 AM
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Another shot of the storm on Saturn. Better view around the main "spot":

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Taken from 1,000,000 km on January 12, 2011.


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post Jan 14 2011, 05:18 AM
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Couldn't resist some interpretation/speculation:

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post Jan 14 2011, 01:22 PM
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Will they or have they changed any future observing sequences to get a better look at the storm?
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post Jan 17 2011, 05:14 PM
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Latest colour view and video:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suWzhUjvvgk


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post Jan 17 2011, 11:20 PM
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Nice video!!


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post Jan 17 2011, 11:39 PM
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Grrr... now I have to make my own version of that ohmy.gif


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post Jan 19 2011, 03:33 AM
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The site for the Planetary Virtual Observatory and Laboratory has upgraded to a new server.

The new site is: http://www.pvol.ehu.es/pvol/index.jsp?action=iopw


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post Jan 21 2011, 02:35 AM
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Updated spreadsheet for viewing Saturn's storm from Earth. The time is when the W edge of the storm cloud is at the center point on Saturn's disk as seen from Earth.

Spreadsheet good to Feb 28,2011. (Validated using observations from Dec. 14, 2010 to Jan 16, 2011).

Attached File  Saturn_Storm_spotting_from_Earth__Dec_10_2010___Feb_28_2011__UPDATE_20110120.xls ( 62.5K ) Number of downloads: 108


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post Jan 25 2011, 01:30 AM
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I posted a detailed graphic comparing features of Jupiter's Great Red Spot to those of Saturns North Temperate Storm 2010: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31678681@N07/5385677331/


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post Jan 28 2011, 02:51 AM
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Animation of Earth-based telescope images of Saturn's storm from December 14, 2010 to January 24, 2011:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31678681@N07/...in/photostream/


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post Jan 28 2011, 03:33 AM
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It looks as if Saturn may gain a temporary white band around the planet if the storm continues to expand. Should be very interesting to see the next images of this storm up close from Cassini.
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