Storms on Saturn


This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the ringed planet Saturn shows a storm that appears as a white arrowhead-shaped feature near the planet's equator. The storm is generated by an upwelling of warmer air, similar to a thunderstorm here on Earth. The east-west extent of this storm is equal to the diameter of the Earth (about 7,900 miles).

Imaging of a storm on Saturn


The StarChild site is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/ GSFC.

StarChild Authors: The StarChild Team
StarChild Graphics & Music: Acknowledgments
StarChild Project Leader: Dr. Laura A. Whitlock
Curator: J.D. Myers
Responsible NASA Official: Phil Newman