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Immense northern storms on Saturn can disturb atmospheric patterns at the planet's equator, finds the international Cassini mission in a study led by Dr Leigh Fletcher from the University of Leicester. This effect is also seen in Earth's atmosphere, suggesting the two planets are more alike than previously thought.

Despite their considerable differences, the atmospheres of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn all display a remarkably similar phenomenon in their equatorial regions: vertical, cyclical, downwards-moving patterns of alternating temperatures and wind systems that repeat over a period of multiple years.

These patterns—known as the Quasi-Periodic Oscillation (QPO) on Saturn and the Quasi-Quadrennial Oscillation (QQO) on Jupiter, due to their similarities to Earth's so-called Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO)—appear to be a defining characteristic of the middle layers of a planetary atmosphere.

Earth's QBO is regular and predictable, repeating every 28 months on average. However, it can be disrupted by events occurring at great distances from the equator of our planet—and a new study reveals that the same is true of Saturn's QPO.

"These oscillations can be thought of as a planet's heartbeat," says Leigh Fletcher of the University of Leicester, UK, lead author of the study (published in Nature Astronomy) and co-investigator of Cassini's Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS). "Cassini spotted them on Saturn about a decade ago, and Earth-based observations have seen them on Jupiter, too. Although the atmospheres of the distant gas giants may appear startlingly different to our own, when we look closely we start to discover these familiar natural patterns."

Cassini observed Saturn from June 2004 until 15 September 2017 when the mission concluded by plunging into the gas planet's atmosphere. To better understand Saturn's QPO, Fletcher and colleagues studied data from Cassini's CIRS covering this entire time period.

"We looked at data of Saturn's 'heartbeat', which repeats roughly every 15 Earth years, and found a huge disturbance—a palpitation, to continue the metaphor—spanning 2011 to 2013, where the whole equatorial region cooled dramatically," adds co-author Sandrine Guerlet from Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD), France. "When we checked the timing, we realised this happened directly after the eruption of a giant storm that wrapped around Saturn's entire northern hemisphere. This suggests a link between the two events: we think that the wave activity associated with this huge storm headed towards the equator and disrupted the QPO, despite the storm raging tens of thousands of kilometres away!"

This storm was known as the Great Northern Storm. Such storms occur roughly once every Saturnian year, which is equivalent to 30 Earth years. The timing of the storm was thus serendipitous, allowing Cassini to observe it in detail from orbit around the ringed planet.

Although the influence of Saturnian storms was known to be substantial, this study suggests an even wider influence than expected, and confirms a connection between Saturn's QPO and remote, distinct events occurring elsewhere in the planet's atmosphere.

"We became especially excited when we compared this palpitation on Saturn to one observed in Earth's QBO in 2016: it was disturbed in a similar way by waves carrying momentum from Earth's northern hemisphere to the equator," adds Fletcher. "That disruption was unprecedented in over 60 years of monitoring the QBO—and yet we were lucky enough to capture a similar behaviour at work on Saturn with Cassini."

On Earth, this relationship between distant events in a planet's climate system is known as teleconnection. Meteorological patterns across the globe are known to be delicately linked together, and can affect one another quite significantly. A key example of this is the El Niño Southern Oscillation, which can influence temperatures and climate patterns across the Earth.

"It's remarkable to see this process occurring on another planet within our Solar System—especially one that's so vastly different to our own," says Nicolas Altobelli, ESA Project Scientist for the Cassini-Huygens mission.

"Cassini-Huygens may now have ended its mission, but there's still a wealth of data to explore, and a huge amount of valuable information to be gathered from the spacecraft's observations. As well as telling us more about Saturn, gas giant planets, and the Solar System in general, this study helps us better understand the Earth. This is one key driver of our research into other planets: to discover more about our own."

*Pictured below: Saturn's 'Great Springtime Storm' in visible light. Credit: University of Leicester


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#KiaNow: #Kia is the first automaker to feature a 2018 Super Bowl ad. Are you excited about how #Kia intends to impress you this time?

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Getting the first chapter right.

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A staggering interactive chart from Amazon shows year 2017 in books

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Alphabet tries internet lasers instead of balloons for India http://engt.co/2AtLR55

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In the middle of winter, this image gives you a very warm feel.

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I'm interested in what people see in my pictures.
That's why I also describe my pictures a little, it help me understand what others think and see.
I take pictures of everything, because everything has something that is memorable.
Soon I'll post a new photos. I use here my Sony NEX-5T and Sony Lens 55-210 mm.

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An ultra-low cost reusable rocket engine, #Prometheus, using liquid oxygen–methane propellants, is set to power Europe’s future launchers. ESA and ArianeGroup signed a contract to develop a full-scale demonstrator to be ground tested in November 2020.

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A Cut for Chewie. http://www.savagechickens.com/2017/12/a-cut-for-chewie.html

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The rumored handset is expected to be shown off during Mobile World Congress 2018. #News #MWC2018 #Samsung

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Google Maps new Commute Features

A new update to Google Maps began rolling out late last night to members of the beta channel. This one is arguably light on notable changes, except that there is one feature that may go live in the next few days: Commuting. It was at least briefly live before being disabled remotely. There are also several new topics for a teardown, including more points for longer reviews, new badges, and more.

Gone live, or it is more me

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"The Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has shattered another world record with the testing of a 32-tesla magnet—33 percent stronger than what had previously been the world's strongest superconducting magnet used for research and more than 3,000 times stronger than a small refrigerator magnet.

On Dec. 8, this new magnet reached a magnetic field of 32 tesla. Tesla is a unit of magnetic field strength; a small refrigerator magnet is about .01 tesla.

Made of a combination of conventional low-temperature and novel high-temperature superconductors, the "32 T" will allow physicists studying materials to explore how electrons interact with each other and their atomic environment, enabling new devices that will shape our world.

For decades, the world record for a superconducting magnet has inched forward incrementally. This single leap is bigger than all the improvements made over the past 40 years combined.

"This is a transformational step in magnet technology, a true revolution in the making," said MagLab Director Greg Boebinger. "Not only will this state-of-the-art magnet design allow us to offer new experimental techniques here at the lab, but it will boost the power of other scientific tools such as X-rays and neutron scattering around the world."

It has been a remarkable year for the MagLab, noted Boebinger: The 32 T is the third world-record magnet tested in the past 13 months, following a 41.4-tesla resistive magnet tested last summer and the 36-tesla Series Connected Hybrid magnet that reached full field in November 2016".

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Fashion inspired by the people in the street ootd look outfit sexy high heels legs woman girl babe wear wearing skirt miniskirt leather deri etek lederrock leren rokje falda cuero couro jupe cuir

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If you wanna know how to get #AnushkaSharma's #wedding look, just tap below! #Virushka

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Here's what Lonzo had to say about finally facing LeBron James...

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Edited from originals by my friend +Phil McInerney - rest in peace

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dangerous waters © Holger Nimtz
Jutland | Denmark | 2017
https://www.holge.de

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In the blind

Day 6 of a B&W 7-day challenge, invited by +Polly W

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Green heart

My sea wawes page https://www.paolodalprato.com/water

#macrophotography #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #fotomaniaitalia #ilovephotography

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How to Convert From RPM to DEB and DEB to RPM Package Using Alien

https://www.tecmint.com/convert-from-rpm-to-deb-and-deb-to-rpm-package-using-alien/

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Check out the new Kotlin Multi-platform Projects feature, which is supported by IntellliJ IDEA 2017.3. https://goo.gl/gs29wr

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Fashion inspired by the people in the street ootd look outfit sexy high heels legs woman girl babe wear wearing lace dress

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UFC Fight Night 123 Post-Mortem: Coming-Out Party

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#YouTube #VideoMarketing Process : Following are the varied range of videos that we create for clients on-demand ...

#YouTubeMarketing #SocialMediaMarketing #DigitalMarketing

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This is your chance to make a positive impact in someone's evening: a list of unique good night greetings for you to find the one that fits your recipient best. --> #inspiration #motivation #change

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"Most of the time, when you want to clean something up, the last thing you should do is ignore it. Messes have a habit of multiplying when they're out of sight. Check your email after a week's vacation, and you'll see exactly how inattention can make a problem bigger. But now, thanks to Inbox, ignoring spam messages can help keep your inbox clean. Inbox now asks if you'd like to unsubscribe from a sender's mailing list if you ignore their emails for a month. "

Inbox has a new unsubscribe card for mailing lists you don't read

https://search.app.goo.gl/L4kP

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#google

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Rumor: The Last Jedi To Be Released In 4K UHD

Always in motion the future is...

#StarWars #TheLastJedi #EpisodeVIII

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"OK, this is really sad. It's also really incredible." @[NBC Sports Philadelphia] @[Reuben Frank] with a salute to number 11.

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"A new version of Allo is rolling out just in time for the holidays. If you're thinking about singing Christmas carols or wishing somebody a happy new year, things are going to get a little more interesting thanks to the latest update. Your audio messages will now be automatically transcribed to text, so people can decide when to listen and have some idea of what they're going to be hearing. There's also a clue that may suggest threaded conversations will be supported.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

Voice transcriptions for audio messages"

Allo v25 enables automatic transcriptions for audio messages, may hint at threaded conversations ...

https://search.app.goo.gl/wKMR

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#google

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Exercise and the right diet aren't the only things that help prevent heart disease. Know the 5 top drinks that come with heart-healthy benefits.

http://www.howfitness.info/5-healthy-beverages-that-fight-heart-disease/

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Sies Marjan brings bold color to the menswear winter wardrobe http://bit.ly/2C7JllH

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Is Amazon budging to bring the 'Tube back on Fire?
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