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International Edition Winners 2012: Venezuela, Target 3

International Edition Winners 2012: Venezuela, Target 3


Team Stormbusters Explorers
Saturn's F ring
Target 2, Saturn's F ring
Christian Barrera, team leader, 6th grade, grade, Liceo Los Robles Maracaibo
Armando Gutierrez 6th grade, Liceo Los Robles -- Maracaibo
George Miquilena 6th grade, U.E Rincon Lugo -- La Pomona
Jonar Cubillan 6th grade, U.E Luz Mariño -- La Pomona
Santiago Mediavilla 5th grade, Liceo Los Robles -- Maracaibo
Daniel Guillen 5th grade, Liceo Los Robles -- Maracaibo
JoseMaria Marin 5th grade, Liceo Los Robles -- Maracaibo
Diego Leon, team leader, 5th grade, Liceo Los Robles -- Maracaibo
Ernesto Gomez, team leader, 6th grade, Liceo Los Robles -- Maracaibo
Gustavo Boscan 5th grade, Liceo Los Robles Maracaibo
Gilberto Marcano 5th grade, Liceo Los Robles Maracaibo

All members of the inter-school Los Robles Astronomy Club
Zulia State, Venezuela

TEAM: Stormbusters Explorers

Teachers: Lic. Jose Luis Aponte, Ramon Azuaje, Omarlin Barilla, Manuel Villarreal




"In this opportunity to become scientific explorers of the universe our team has focused research in an event that we think is the biggest news in space. Saturn's Frankenstorm.

We have seen how damaging can a storm be for humans, as hurricane Sandy and its devastating passage through some countries. Storms are not unique to Earth; other planetary bodies with atmosphere (gas giants in particular) also undergo stormy weather.

A famous example : the Great Red Spot on Jupiter and now Saturn's Frankestorm . A storm is any disturbed state of an astronomical body's atmosphere, but according to information we got from the annexed bibliographical list and the JPL website, apparently Saturn was in a process of becoming a star also, due to characteritics such as: central core, fast spin, chemical composition of its gases, different rotation speeds in its latitudes and enormous electromagnetic field, specially affecting its surface, and strongly implying severe weather.

It's hard to believe that Frankenstorm barely registers on the solar system's weather scale. Saturn's Great White Spot would have dwarfed little Sandy, and recent research shows that the tempest is continuing to wreak havoc in the planet's upper atmosphere almost two years after it started and Cassini send the first images around 2010 and 2011 -- wich was observed evolving using, the Very Large Telescope in Chile, and NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) at Mauna Kea, revealing the strorm´s full extent impact on the gas giant's upper atmosphere.

We stop here to think how NASA can study in a deeper way this natural phenomenon with instruments able to learn more about this phenomena. We recommend to use our SATURN´S explorer Map to help you guys not be lost with Cassini, so here is our guide to explore the Storm.

Cassini instrument:

- CIRS measures infrared energy from the surfaces and atmospheres,
- ISS to take good pictures of this new extension of the Storm.
- MAG to study Saturn´s magnetic field and interactions with the solar wind.
- RADAR to measure heights, and our favorite instrument.
- VIMS to study more deep the light that its still bright.

The storm raged for roughly a year, encircling the planet and discharging lightning almost continuously. The Great White Spot - the sunlight scattered off of clouds in the troposphere but infrared views are now showing the storm's true adftermath.The more Nasa study this Storm, The more we will be ready to be prepared for any atmosphere changes in our solar system that can cause Weather imbalance in our planet.

Saturn´s Storm Gravity waves carry energy from below into the upper atmosphere; we think based upon nasas reports that's exactly what happened in Saturn's atmosphere. Rather than cooling down and dissipating, the warm, whirling air masses soon merged into a single vortex that, for a brief time, was even bigger than Jupiter's Great Red Spot. We hope our essay will help you in this matter."