New study reveals mystery behind Saturn's planet-wide storms


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Saturn's seasonal heating patterns are responsible for triggering planet-wide storms, as per a recent analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The study, published in Nature Communications, reveals that Saturn's heat emission into space varies with its seasons, akin to a lightbulb alternating between high- and low-power modes. This fluctuation in heat emission causes atmospheric turbulence, leading to powerful storms across Saturn's north and south hemispheres.