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Storm on Saturn is a Stunning View

I happened across this article the other day on Facebook. It drew me in because of the stunning image! The storm on Saturn is hauntingly beautiful. It is also massive!

huge hurricane storm on saturn

Hurricane-like storm on Saturn

Check out the full article below:

BBC News – Saturn hurricane snapped by Cassini craft.

It is interesting that this massive storm is stuck on Saturn’s northern pole. They say it is because of the strong winds constantly blowing north on the planet. This is the first time we have been able to take a sunlit image of the pole. Space is so amazing and beautiful!

True-color picture of Saturn assembled from Vo...

An image of Saturn's A Ring, taken by the Cass...

An image of Saturn’s A Ring, taken by the Cassini Orbiter using an Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

huge hurricane storm on Saturn

Storm on Saturn

Researchers were stunned to see this storm and compared it to a hurricane on Earth, except this one on Saturn is much larger-scale.

Another (even bigger!) storm was photographed on Saturn back in 2006. It is fascinating to be able to view space images of storms on other celestial bodies. What do you think of the pictures?

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Blog Inspiration: 11th Picture in a Google Image Search for the Term “Derecho”

This activity was fun and inspirational! I enjoyed seeing the different photos of the Derecho and writing about the 11th one for this prompt.

Derecho storm over Kansas

Amazing clouds from the Derecho over the summer!                                                                                         (Image Credit: http://www.sott.net/article/247451-DC-Derecho-Disaster-Explained)

Today I did a Google Image search on the word “Derecho.” I chose this word because we were affected by this type of windy thunderstorm back in June. That storm inspired me to name our “stray” stallion Derecho.

The 11th picture on the image search is an amazing photograph of a Derecho sweeping across the plains of Kansas (above). These storms are absolutely incredible to look at because they are an eerily beautiful phenomenon. A Derecho is basically a huge storm system that moves rapidly across land in a straight line. The after effects of a Derecho are often catastrophic, leaving trees uprooted, debris everywhere, and many people without power.

Power lines down in Crozet, VA after the Derecho!                                                                                              (Image Credit: http://www.sott.net/article/247451-DC-Derecho-Disaster-Explained)

We decided to name the stallion (now a Great Gelding, thanks to CVHR!) Derecho because he showed up a few days after the storm. Fortunately, he is not wild and crazy like the storm was! He is just a beautiful creature that happened upon us one summer morning.

Our Derecho!

Do you remember the Derecho from earlier this year? Were you affected by it? It certainly was scary for us here in Virginia!

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