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January 17, 1991 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1991-04

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Views Major Storm On Saturn

January 17, 1991: The accompanying movie shows the Saturn white spot, a great storm in the equatorial region of Saturn, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field/Planetary Camera in November 1990. The white spot was discovered by amateur astronomers in September, 1990. Such storms are rare: the last one in the equatorial region occurred in 1933. The movie contains one complete rotation of Saturn. The storm extends completely around the planet, in some places it appears as great masses of clouds and in others as well organized turbulence.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and STScI