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The colors of Saturn in this image show the striped pattern of clouds.
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Saturn's Belts and Zones

The clouds on Saturn, like Jupiter, are divided into stripes called "belts and zones".

In a belt, very powerful winds blow one way. In a zone, very powerful winds blow the other way. These kinds of winds are called "zonal winds".

The winds of Saturn can blow 225 miles per hour, and sometimes even 1000 miles per hour!

On Earth, the most powerful winds during a hurricane can blow 100 miles per hour. So being on Saturn would be like being in a hurricane!


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