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Saturn, not Earth, has the largest storms in our Solar System

Saturn, not Earth, has the largest storms in our Solar System
Hurricanes can span hundreds of kilometers on Earth, wreaking devastation whenever landfall occurs.

But there are other giant planets on our solar system where storms can surpass anything seen throughout Earth's history. One of them is Saturn.

On Saturn's North Pole lies a massive hurricane centered inside a hexagonal-shaped vortex.

The hurricane's winds reach is 320 MPH spanning 2,000 km across.

 Jupiter's Great Red Spot, known for nearly four centuries, could fit between two to thirds Earths inside of it, with winds exceeding 267 miles-per-hour (430 kph).

According to scientific findings, from December of 2010 to August of 2011, the largest storm of all occurred on Saturn and it lasted for 200 days.

 

It came to encircle the entire planet, as methane-poor tail end stands out against the relatively methane-rich remainder.

The hurricane migrated across Saturn at 60 miles-per-hour (100 kph).

These storms have occurred every 20-30 years since first observed in 1876, as hot air rises, cools and falls.