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07/01/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Blizzard On Saturn Is So Massive It's Visible From Earth

Thanks to NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which is currently orbiting Saturn, scientists have a front row seat to the massive blizzard raging on the planet. The storm is so large that it's visible from Earth, much to the delight of amateur stargazers.

"We were so excited to get a heads-up from the amateurs," said Cassini scientist Gordon Bjoraker, a composite infrared spectrometer team member based at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The data showed a large, turbulent storm, dredging up a lot of material from the deep atmosphere and covering an area at least five times larger than the biggest blizzard that hit Earth so far this year -- the "Snowmageddon" storm that blanketed the Washington, D.C. area in snow in February.

Read more details here. To see amazing new photos from the space station's observatory, click here.