Saturn

BBC Focus 310Later this year, Cassini’s two-decade-long mission to chart Saturn and its moons will come to a close. But before the craft ends its trip with a fatal plunge into the gas giant’s atmosphere, we thought we’d take a look at some of the incredible discoveries it has made in the current issue of BBC Focus magazine - subscribe here.

Also in this issue:

  • We investigate some of the biggest hacks in recent years and chat to an ex-hacker about why people hack and how they could be stopped.
  • DIY science - make a liquid magnet, extract DNA from strawberries and create elephant toothpaste.
  • How to crush poker champions with maths
  • Experts reckon that antibiotic resistance could be one of the biggest threats to humankind. So what can we do about it?

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Saturn's tantrums explained

You’ve probably heard of the Great Red Spot, but how about the Great White Spot? This is Saturn’s gigantic storm system, and scientists may now have found out why it occurs every 30 years.

In full view: Saturn's hexagonal superstorm

You’ve heard of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot; now meet Saturn’s hexagon. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has taken the highest resolution image yet of the six-sided jet stream that races around Saturn’s north pole.