Originally posted by ngchunter
Known as “Great White Spots”, these huge storms aren’t new to Saturn – they are common each Saturnian year.
Here's the entire quote about Saturn's storm from your link:
"Known as 'Great White Spots,' these huge storms aren't new to Saturn - they are common each Saturnian year. While they are common to the ringed
planet's northern summer, right now it's northern spring. This makes the Saturn Super Storm an early - and unexpected - arrival."
Some more quotes about this unusual storm:
from space.com 'Storm as Wide as Earth Rages on Saturn'
"The storm began forming in the ringed planet's northern hemisphere in December. This is about 10 years early for Great White Spots, which usually
recur about every 30 Earth years, when Saturn's northern hemisphere tilts most toward the sun."
from NASA Science 'Super Storm on Saturn'
"The rare storm has been wreaking havoc for months...A storm like this is rare. ...storm had a major effect on the atmosphere...---and disrupting
Saturn's seasonal (weather patterns)...The violence of the storm---the strongest ever detected in Saturn's stratosphere---took researchers by
from NASA 'Spotting Saturn's Northern Storm'
"Saturn is now experiencing early northern spring, so this storm, if it is a Great White Spot, is happening earlier than usual."
from European Southern Observatory 'Looking Deep into a Huge Storm on Saturn'
"This is only the sixth of these huge storms to be spotted since 1876. We are continuing to observe this once-in-a-generation event."
from Science Daily 'NASA Spacecraft Tracks Raging Saturn Storm'
"We saw similar storms in 2004 and 2006 that each lasted for nearly a month, but this storm is longer-lived by far. And it appeared after nearly two
years during which we did not detect any electrical storm activity from Saturn."
from space.com 'Freak One-Eyed Monster Storm Spotted on Saturn.'
To recap: it's out of season, it's in the wrong hemisphere, it's still on.
Binary systems are common. Your link to a blog is interesting but vested and self-serving. Here are some quotes about binarys from Astrobiology
Magazine 'Getting WISE about Nemesis'
"Binary star systems are common in the galaxy. It is estimated that one-third of the stars in the Milky Way are either binary or part of a
Red dwarfs are also common - in fact astronomers say they are the most common type of star in the galaxy. Brown dwarfs are also thought to be common,
but there are only a few hundred known at this time because they are so difficult to see. Red and brown dwarfs are smaller and cooler than our sun,
and do not shine brightly. If red dwarfs can be compared to the red embers of a dying fire, then brown dwarfs would be the smolering ash. Because
they are so dim, it is plausible that the Sun could have a secret companion even though we've searched the sky for many years with a variety of
To recap: binary systems are common, red dwarfs are common, brown dwarfs are also thought to be common.