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Saturn’s Hexagon Captured by Cassini March 27, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in cassini, NASA, satrun, scifi.

Science fact is something far stranger than fiction. Case in point is a new picture released from NASA from their Cassini probe currently orbiting Saturn.

I don’t think any human has ever seen anything like it.(Though Voyager 1 and 2 did more than 25 years ago).

It’s a hexagon shaped cloud formation that now covers the entire North Pole of the ringed planet. The hexagon is nearly 25,000 kilometers (15,000 miles) across. Nearly four Earths could fit inside it. This image was acquired with the Cassini visual and infrared mapping spectrometer , from an average distance of 1.3 million kilometers (807,782 miles).

“This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides,” said Kevin Baines, atmospheric expert and member of Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif in a statement. “We’ve never seen anything like this on any other planet. Indeed, Saturn’s thick atmosphere where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate is

perhaps the last place you’d expect to see such a six-sided geometric figure, yet there it is.”

For more on this freak’ish feature of Saturn check out NASA.


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