What the Heck Is This?

Today's image might resemble art. And, well, it is. But nobody painted it.

Need a hint? It's otherworldly art.

Last hint: Art is sometimes born of tempests. See the full image below — and another image that makes all this clear.

This photo is a close-up of a false-color image of a giant, raging storm on Saturn, released yesterday (July 6) by NASA. The tempest, dubbed the Great White Spot, is nearly as wide as Earth — about 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers). It has a tail of white clouds that encircles all of Saturn. Check out the captions on both the images below for more.

These false-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft chronicle a day in the life of a huge storm that developed from a small spot that appeared 12 weeks earlier in Saturn's northern mid-latitudes.
These false-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft chronicle a day in the life of a huge storm that developed from a small spot that appeared 12 weeks earlier in Saturn's northern mid-latitudes.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
An image of Saturn taken in December 2010 by the Cassini spacecraft shows a storm with a latitudinal and longitudinal extent of 10,000 km and 17,000 km, respectively. The latitudinal extent of the storm’s head is approximately the distance from London to Cape Town. A "tail" emerging from its southern edge extends further eastward.
An image of Saturn taken in December 2010 by the Cassini spacecraft shows a storm with a latitudinal and longitudinal extent of 10,000 km and 17,000 km, respectively. The latitudinal extent of the storm’s head is approximately the distance from London to Cape Town. A "tail" emerging from its southern edge extends further eastward.
Credit: Carolyn Porco and CICLOPS; NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

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