Hot cyclones churn at both ends of Saturn

Saturn's north pole hot spot and hexagon
Saturn's north pole hot spot and hexagon
3 January 2008

Despite more than a decade of winter darkness, Saturn's north pole is home to an unexpected hot-spot, remarkably similar to the one at the planet's sunny south pole. Now, the first detailed views of the gas giant's high latitudes from the Cassini spacecraft reveal a matched set of hot cyclonic vortices, one at each pole.
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