Update 4/30/2013 8:10 a.m.: Our colleagues over at Capital Weather Gang have a don’t-miss write-up on this as well. Be sure to check it out.

Original Post: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this image of a storm on Saturn. The rose-looking maelstrom is 1,250 miles across and with clouds traveling 330 miles per hour.

An image of the spinning vortex on Saturn, nicknamed The Rose. The image was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Nov. 27, 2012. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

The image was captured on Nov. 27, 2012, and, according to NASA is one of the first views of Saturn’s sunlit North pole. Colors in the image were adjusted. The green indicates low high clouds, while the red coloring indicates high low clouds. The image was taken from roughly 261,000 miles away from the planet.

(NPR via NASA)

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