The Eye of Sauron is rising again, but now on Saturn!?
No, here’s what’s actually going on:
There’s a very striking storm on Saturn that has a very well-developed eye, and other striking features. Eyes this well-formed have not been seen on other planets before. Looks quite a bit like water swirling down the drain, doesn’t it? The storm also does not move around like hurricanes do on Earth, staying stuck a the Equator where it formed. At about 5000 miles across, it is roughly 2/3 the size of earth.
Quoting some data from the NASA site:
A movie taken by Cassini’s camera over a three-hour period reveals winds around Saturn’s south pole blowing clockwise at 550 kilometers (350 miles) per hour. The camera also saw the shadow cast by a ring of towering clouds surrounding the pole, and two spiral arms of clouds extending from the central ring. These ring clouds, 30 to 75 kilometers (20 to 45 miles) above those in the center of the storm, are two to five times taller than the clouds of thunderstorms and hurricanes on Earth.