Behold: a vast hexagonal cloud formation over Saturn’s northern hemisphere. First discovered by Voyager in the 1980s and subsequently observed by Cassini, nothing like it has been found elsewhere in the solar system. To wit:
Acquiring its first sunlit views of far northern Saturn in late 2012, the Cassini spacecraft’s wide-angle camera recorded this stunning, false-colour image of the ringed planet’s north pole. The composite of near-infrared image data results in red hues for low clouds and green for high ones, giving the Saturnian cloudscape a vivid appearance. This and similar images show the stability of the hexagon even 20+ years after Voyager. Movies of Saturn’s North Pole show the cloud structure maintaining its hexagonal structure while rotating. Unlike individual clouds appearing like a hexagon on Earth, the Saturn cloud pattern appears to have six well defined sides of nearly equal length. Four Earths could fit inside the hexagon. Beyond the cloud tops at the upper right, arcs of the planet’s eye-catching rings appear bright blue.
(Image: NASA, ESA, JPL, SSI, Cassini Imaging Team)
Enniscorthy, County Wexford.
A sky submarine?
We may never know.
Annd, it’s a funnel cloud.
An epic 4K tour of brooding skies and marauding tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma during the summer of 2016 by storm chaser Mike Oblinski.
Full screen for best effect.
The Abyss – that’s what NASA is calling this unusually dark cloud feature observed by the Juno probe during its latest pass over Jupiter. To wit:
Surrounding cloud patterns show the Abyss to be at the center of a vortex. Since dark features on Jupiter’s atmosphere tend to run deeper than light features, the Abyss may really be the deep hole that it appears — but without more evidence that remains conjecture. The Abyss is surrounded by a complex of meandering clouds and other swirling storm systems, some of which are topped by light coloured, high-altitude clouds. The featured image was captured last month while Juno passed only about 15,000 kilometres above Jupiter’s cloud tops. The next close pass of Juno near Jupiter will be in July.
(Image: NASA, Juno, SwRI, MSSS; Processing & License: Gerald Eichstädt & Sean Doran)
A stunning time lapse montage of the ever-changing beauty, serenity and drama of the sky by photographer Ron Risman.
A stunning photo by Gabriel Zaparolli of a distant lightning storm overhung with asperitas clouds at Torres, Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil last month. To wit:
Asperitas form in convective storms when the air in downdrafts (cooled by the sublimation of ice crystals) pushes through the cloud base.
From left: Liam and Roy Fox with kids and brother-in-law Thomas Morgan
Croagh Patrick, County Mayo
Via The Irish Sun:
They posed for a quick group shot outside St Patrick’s Chapel at the summit, before making their descent.
But when they inspected the snaps later, they saw what appeared to be the face of Our Lord in the clouds.
And they say a Bible passage actually prophesied the apparition.
Incredibly, the picture was taken at exactly 15.49 — which in the book of Corinthians refers to “the image of the heavenly man”.
The Second Cumulus: Irish family stunned as JESUS photobombs holiday snap taken on Mayo mountain Croagh Patrick (Barry Moran, The Irish Sun)