Friday, July 8, 2011

Storm On Saturn

Hmmm, that might make a good S.F. book title. Feel free to steal it, just send me a copy when it's published.
Anyway, there's something happening on Saturn:
People who know more than me, and have probably been there say this is a storm, characterized by rapid fire lightning. Look closely and you can see the track of the thing dragged all the way around the planet. If this were a storm, I'd expect it to follow the atmospheric movement and stay more or less in one place.

To me this says "Volcano". Yes, I know Saturn's a gas giant and (probably) doesn't have molten rocks, but so what. Think "low temperature sunspot". The end result is pretty much the same and the footprint would match.

1 comment:

Railgap said...

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.