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The eye of the hurricane is an enormous 2,000km across.
The eye of the hurricane is an enormous 2,000km across.

Stunning views of Saturn's monster hurricane

Nasa's Cassini spacecraft captures pictures of a enormous hurricane - 2,000km across - in the planet's north pole.

CAPE CANAVERAL // Nasa's Cassini spacecraft has captured stunning views of a monster hurricane at Saturn's North Pole.

The eye of the cyclone is an enormous 1,250 miles (2,000km) across. That's 20 times larger than the typical eye of a hurricane here on Earth. And it's spinning super-fast. Clouds at the outer edge of the storm are whipping around at 330mph (531kph).

The hurricane is located at Saturn's North Pole and relies on water vapour to keep it churning. It's believed to have been there for years. Cassini only recently had a chance to observe the vortex in visible light.

Scientists hope to learn more about Earth's hurricanes by studying this whopper at Saturn.

Cassini was launched from Cape Canaveral in 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004.

The angry eye of a hurricane appears dark red while the fast-moving hexagonal jet stream framing it is a yellowish green. Low-lying clouds circling inside the hexagonal feature appear as muted orange colour. A second, smaller vortex pops out in teal at the lower right of the image. The rings of Saturn appear in vivid blue at the top right. Nasa / AFP Photo

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