CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Powering Saturn's Jet streams

Jet streams churn east and west across Saturn, giving the planet a banded appearance. A new study in the journal Icarus explains how heat from within the planet powers those jet streams. (News release can be found here.)

Jun 25, 2012: Eddy-Powered Jet Stream - This figure examines a particularly strong jetstream and the eddies that drive it through the atmosphere of Saturn's northern hemisphere.
Jun 25, 2012: Strong Jet in False Colors - A particularly strong jetstream churns through Saturn's northern hemisphere in this false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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