An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

March 29, 2007

It’s the Aliens

Filed under: Education — olbroad @ 6:30

Saturn Hexagon Mystifies Scientists

Something downright weird has been sighted twirling over the north pole of Saturn: A long-lived double hexagon formed in the clouds.

The two six-sided features — one inside the other — are in stark contrast to the hurricane-like vortex that has been observed at the ringed planet’s south pole. Both poles have been imaged by NASA’s orbiting Cassini spacecraft.

“We haven’t seen a (geometric) feature like this anywhere else on any other planet,” said Cassini scientist Kevin Baines of the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “It’s unbelievable.”

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Cool!

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