Huge storm comes early on Saturn
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; twice commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigative journalism. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Thursday 07 July 2011
Spring has come early on Saturn and it has been marked by a giant thunderstorm producing immense lightning bursts.
At the start of every Saturnian year – equivalent to 29.5 Earth years – a storm rages on the planet. Known as the Great White Spot, the megastorm has been monitored by the Cassini spacecraft orbiting it.
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