It was one of the largest and longest lived storms ever recorded in our Solar System.
First seen in late 2010, the above cloud formation in the northern hemisphere of Saturn started larger than the Earth and
soon spread completely around the planet.
The storm was tracked not only
from Earth but from
up close by the robotic
Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn.
Pictured above in false colored infrared in February, orange colors indicate
clouds deep in the atmosphere, while light colors highlight clouds higher up.
The rings of Saturn are seen nearly edge-on as the thin blue horizontal line.
The warped dark bands are the
shadows of the rings cast onto the cloud tops by the Sun to the upper left.
A source of radio noise from
intense storm was thought to relate to seasonal changes when spring
emerges in the north of
After raging for over six months, the
iconic storm circled the entire planet and then tried to absorb its own tail -- which surprisingly caused it to fade away.
Cassini Imaging Team,