WTF??? Is this a hoax? I’m looking for “The Onion” on this....
While it appears strange and unnatural in the context of a natural feature of that size, the hexagon is a very fundamental shape in nature, because it can be formed easily by simple interactions of forces. There is a whole set of regular geometric shapes that appear throughout nature like this, formed by different types of forces, but the same varieties of interactions. They’re all related to Pythagorean geometry and the Golden Mean, and they appear from the Galactic scale, to the planetary scale, to our terrestrial scale, and down to the molecular, atomic, and subatomic scales.
For example, one of the manifestations of interference patterns in any type of waves is an oscillating plane of regular hexagons. Since they are one of the few shapes that can be assembled into a perfect grid with no gaps, they allow an optimal equilibrium to be achieved between the opposing forces of the waves which are colliding. In simpler terms, the hexagons form because it’s the easiest way for the colliding waves to fit together, the path of least resistance.
This instance of one single hexagon is odd, but it’s probably a function of the spherical geometry and the Coriolis effect altering the normal wave interactions that would occur on a flat plane.
If anyone is interesting in seeing what I was talking about with hexagonal wave interference patterns, here is a video. It will probably be easier to understand by seeing it, than reading my clunky explanation:
What you are seeing there is simply a liquid on top of an oscillating surface, likely a normal cabinet speaker head. The oscillations transmitted to the liquid cause a particular type of wave to form, called a standing wave. Standing waves are waves where matter oscillates “in place”, rather than moving in a direction, like the waves in an ocean.
Depending on the frequency of oscillation transmitted to the liquid, the standing waves will form interference patterns with different geometries. This one is based on hexagons, others are based on circles, triangles, squares, pentagons, and other regular geometric, Pythagorean shapes.
There are even certain interference patterns that will actually form, in a series steps, all of the possible geometric configurations of electron shells, demonstrating that electron shells are manifesting the same standing wave behavior, at the atomic level, due to the same types of interactions of forces that we can model on our scale.