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Space storms in stunning pictures

  • Like a hurricane
    Measurements estimate the eye of Saturn's north polar storm at a staggering 2,000 km (1,250 miles) across, with cloud speeds of hundreds of miles per hour. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Ominous shape
    The storm lies within a large, mysterious structure known as Saturn’s hexagon, which is two-thirds as wide as Earth. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Strange shower
    Rain falls on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, but there the rain is a mixture of methane and other hydrocarbons. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Eat my dust
    On Mars, dust storms can develop in a matter of hours and envelope the entire planet within a few days. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Spot of bother
    Three times larger than Earth’s diameter, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is an anticyclonic storm that is thought to have existed for at least 300 years. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Storm cover
    Last year, images from the Keck telescopes in Hawaii revealed that Uranus is a stormy, dynamic world, far more severe than astronomers had thought. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Star turn
    Brown dwarves may have similar weather to Jupiter – results from the Spitzer and Hubble telescopes suggest 2MASSJ22282889-431026 has wind-driven, planet-size clouds. (Nasa)
  • Solar storm warning
    Our planet is inextricably linked with the activity of the Sun, and this solar activity appears to go through 11-year cycles (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Sea of light
    On Earth, aurora are the product of solar particles colliding with the atmosphere and electrically charging the gases. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Celestial light show
    Other planets have aurora too, such as Jupiter (seen here) and Saturn, and they also have been spotted on Uranus and Neptune. (Copyright: Nasa)
From carbon rain to continent-sized hurricanes, here are some of the most spectacular images showing how Earth isn’t the only planet that suffers from storms.

Recently released images from the Cassini spacecraft have revealed an enormous hurricane raging on Saturn’s north pole – with an eye that is a staggering 2,000km (1,250miles) across.

It’s the latest in a line of spectacular images captured by probes and telescopes scouring the solar system, which show that Earth isn’t the only planet with weather. Thanks to these observations, we know that Mars has huge passing sandstorms, Jupiter is battered by high-speed winds, Saturn's biggest moon has unusual rain showers, and Uranus has stormy, mysterious weather patterns.

Here is our selection of some of the most stunning images taken of storms in space.

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