Saturn’s Hexagon Could Be an Enormous Tower

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Saturn’s Hexagon Could Be an Enormous Tower

Post by fred8615 » September 5th, 2018, 1:03 pm

Above Saturn’s north pole, clouds swirl in a distinct and stunning hexagonal shape. Discovered by NASA’s Voyager mission in 1981, Saturn’s hexagon is striking to behold, and one new study suggests that this six-sided vortex may actually be hundreds of kilometers tall.

After the Voyager mission pushed human exploration far out into the solar system and, subsequently, discovered Saturn’s hexagon whirling at a low altitude, the Cassini spacecraft returned to the ringed planet in 2004 and continued these observations. The spacecraft even spotted a high-altitude vortex at the planet’s south pole, but this vortex was not hexagonal.

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Re: Saturn’s Hexagon Could Be an Enormous Tower

Post by Christopher K. » January 23rd, 2019, 1:19 pm

Andrew Ingersoll says the hexagon "has been here for decades, and who knows, maybe centuries". Clouds are wonderful!

The Science Academy session "Clouds" will be presented at the Highland Road Park Observatory on Saturday 9 February from 10am to 12pm. The session is for eight- to twelve-year-olds. The cost is five dollars per EBR-parish child and six dollars per other-parish child.

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