The NASA satellite has revealed the watercolor like beauty of Saturn after it sent in new images and data on the giant, ringed planet.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Agency or NASA delighted us with its poetic side as it released a new Saturn study on Monday.
The study and journal were called “Saturn’s North Polar Region Displays Its Beautiful Bands & Swirls, Which Somewhat Resemble the Brushwork in a Watercolor Painting.”
The data behind the watercolor like images and study was gathered by the Cassini satellite back in September as it flew over and captured a picture of Saturn’s North Pole.
Cassini is part of a joint Saturn exploration mission which features a partnership between the European Space Agency, NASA, and the Italian Space Agency.
The satellite was launched and has been exploring the ringed giant ever since 2004 and has offered precious data and advanced our scientists knowledge about Saturn.
As the latest images seem to establish, Saturn features multiple sets of rings besides the ones surrounding the planet. The watercolor like beauty of its North Pole is determined by a set of banded rings.
Saturn has already been hailed as one of the most beautiful and unique planets in our Solar System thanks to its natural formations.
Its rings, the mist surrounding them and its hexagonal storm pictures are amongst the contributing factors to this belief, which was enrichened by the latest find.
The watercolor like properties of Saturn’s North Pole bands were explained to originate from the planet’s wind and cloud systems.
According to researchers, the various shades of gray are both beautiful and useful as they could potentially help determine the respective phenomenon’s properties.
Cassini was positioned at a distance of about 890,000 miles from Saturn when it captured the high-definition photo. The snapshot captures the various faltering lines and swirls which are created in the North Pole region.
The swirls and lines are in fact elements which could help establish the cloud statures and the wind stream speed encountered on Saturn.
Each latitudinal band is believed to reveal and features various wind speeds as the clouds were spotted to be traveling at both different altitudes and speeds.
As the clouds in each ring are believed to travel at a different height than those in its neighboring bands, the intersection of the clouds and rings leads to spectacular effects.
The swirls seen in the images are believed to be meeting points between the various rings as they mix and then pass one another.
Scientists also came to the conclusion that Saturn’s North Pole center may be hosting a hurricane-like eye of the storm vortex.
This was established based on the large, hexagonal-like shape of the gasses located in the region. They are believed to form a vortex over the area’s center, which would lead to the dark vortex’s role as the eye of the storm.
The area will most probably continue to be studied thanks to the current data and future information that Cassini may gather before its 2017 final fly-by.
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