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Saturn hurricane has the evil eye

Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy blog on Slate never fails to fascinate, and one of his recent posts really jumped out at me. Blame it on the picture that came with it, showing a malevolent-looking 1,250-mile wide behemoth hurricane on Saturn taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

It’s 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth, and spins four times faster. Sure, it’s a false-color picture, but Plait’s wisecrack in the picture caption (‘Looks like Saturn stayed up a bit too late last night’) still seems like an massive understatement.