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Mysterious hexagon spotted above Saturn
Daily Mail ^ | March 28, 2007

Posted on 03/29/2007 12:15:48 PM PDT by NYer

A mysterious giant hexagon lies above Saturn's north pole, captured by cameras on Nasa's Cassini Orbiter.

Spanning 25,000km - equivalent to the width of two planet Earths - the bizarre geometric feature appears to remain virtually still in the atmosphere as clouds swirl around it.

The infra-red images show the hexagon - which contains a smaller six-sided formation - extends about 60km down into the clouds.

The hexagon is similar to Earth's polar vortex, which has winds blowing in a circular pattern around the polar region. On Saturn, the vortex has a hexagonal shape.

The six-sided shape is in stark contrast to the swirling, hurricane-like vortex at Saturn's opposite pole.

The feature was first photographed more than 20 years ago by Nasa's Voyager 1 and 2 probes, but this is the first time the hexagon has been seen in one image.

The latest pictures were taken at nighttime using infra-red because the pole is currently in darkness and the red colour indicates the amount of heat being generated from inside the planet.

Kevin Baines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said: "This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides.

"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."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: astronomy; catastrophism; hexagon; planets; polarvortex; saturn; science
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1 posted on 03/29/2007 12:15:49 PM PDT by NYer
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To: KevinDavis; sig226

Ping for your lists!


2 posted on 03/29/2007 12:16:22 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer

Cue "Also Sprach Zarathustra"


3 posted on 03/29/2007 12:18:09 PM PDT by RebelBanker (May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.)
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To: RebelBanker

Looks like "Pizza the Hut".


4 posted on 03/29/2007 12:19:08 PM PDT by AU72
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To: NYer
>Mysterious hexagon spotted above Saturn

Oh-oh. Now Hoagland
will bring down the internet
saying 'Told you so!'


5 posted on 03/29/2007 12:19:40 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: NYer

Ah, it's the top of a red tootsie pop!


6 posted on 03/29/2007 12:19:51 PM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Got Towel?)
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To: NYer

7 posted on 03/29/2007 12:21:24 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: NYer

Its Darth Gore warming up his Global Warming Death Star to kill us rebels.


8 posted on 03/29/2007 12:24:56 PM PDT by aft_lizard (born conservative...I chose to be a republican)
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To: NYer

What, no "Bush's fault" yet?

cheers
Jim


9 posted on 03/29/2007 12:25:12 PM PDT by gymbeau (Free Tibet. Limit 2 per customer.)
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To: NYer

Behold God's Universe.


10 posted on 03/29/2007 12:25:42 PM PDT by aligncare (Beware the Media-Industrial Complex!)
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To: NYer

Sounds like ex-FReeper classygreeneyedblonde is looking to the skies again.


11 posted on 03/29/2007 12:26:58 PM PDT by socal_parrot (I'm with stupid)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

No question about it.


12 posted on 03/29/2007 12:28:22 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Support your local EOD Detachment)
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To: zot
A dark spot on Uranus?

13 posted on 03/29/2007 12:29:00 PM PDT by beeber (stuned)
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To: RebelBanker

No, cue the biggest frickin' lug wrench in the galaxy!


14 posted on 03/29/2007 12:29:24 PM PDT by dangus
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To: aft_lizard
Its Darth Gore warming up his Global Warming Death Star to kill us rebels.

I just wish Al would shut his exhaust port.

15 posted on 03/29/2007 12:29:51 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: NYer
Oh, that's a polar planetary atmospheric mining rig for refuling hydrogen fueled spacecraft.

Just another engineering exercise for a type I Kardishev civilization.

16 posted on 03/29/2007 12:29:56 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Democrats in Republican Clothing ... DIRC ... They are the knives in the back of the GOP.)
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To: beeber

Why does a planet have a GM logo on it? Are you SURE we're looking at the right Saturn?


17 posted on 03/29/2007 12:30:24 PM PDT by dangus
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To: theFIRMbss
Have you seen this face?

18 posted on 03/29/2007 12:30:40 PM PDT by beeber (stuned)
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To: beeber

Why does a planet have a GM logo on it? Are you SURE we're looking at the right Saturn?


19 posted on 03/29/2007 12:32:09 PM PDT by dangus
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To: NYer

It's our new military base. One side better than a pentagon. I wish the media would stop disclosing our secrets!


20 posted on 03/29/2007 12:34:19 PM PDT by AmericanHunter
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To: dangus
Hmmm... curious...

21 posted on 03/29/2007 12:38:21 PM PDT by beeber (stuned)
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To: NYer

We've found the Saturnian Department of Defense. And it's a tad bigger than the Pentagon...


22 posted on 03/29/2007 12:40:55 PM PDT by sourcery (Government Warning: The Attorney General has determined that Federal Regulation is a health hazard)
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To: NYer

Giant Saturnian bees starting a hive.


23 posted on 03/29/2007 12:42:08 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NYer

It must be NASA budget time again.


24 posted on 03/29/2007 12:42:31 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (shoot low, they are riding Shetlands.....)
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To: NYer

Just another Titan a la John Varley; there's another one on the moon Iapetus.


25 posted on 03/29/2007 12:42:42 PM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: NYer


26 posted on 03/29/2007 12:47:10 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

"My God, it's full of stars ..."


27 posted on 03/29/2007 12:48:04 PM PDT by The G Man (The NY Times did "great harm to the United States" - President George W. Bush 6/26/06)
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To: NYer

28 posted on 03/29/2007 12:49:19 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: NYer
Minerals crystallize in geometric forms all the time.

29 posted on 03/29/2007 12:49:34 PM PDT by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: NYer

The Ori's new Supergate, I bet...


30 posted on 03/29/2007 12:58:07 PM PDT by ClaudiusI
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To: NYer

Looks like that last nut that I just can't quite get the wrench on in my dreams.


31 posted on 03/29/2007 1:00:52 PM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: NYer

Darn humans weren't supposed to discover that for another fifteen years!

They're not ripe yet!

32 posted on 03/29/2007 1:08:04 PM PDT by uglybiker (AU-TO-MO-BEEEEEEEL?!!)
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To: uglybiker

We're busted, Brother! :-)


33 posted on 03/29/2007 1:15:52 PM PDT by Redleg Duke (Heaven is home...I am just TDY here!)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

All these worlds are yours except Europa. Do not attempt any landings there. Use them together. Use them in peace.


34 posted on 03/29/2007 1:17:40 PM PDT by rintense (I'm 4 Thompson!)
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To: beeber; theFIRMbss

Richard C. Hoagland

... a more recent vintage photo. Expect he'll be calling George Noury this evening!

35 posted on 03/29/2007 1:18:44 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer
Patterns like this have been observed in large storms on Earth (http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/~kossin/articles/BAMS_KosSch.pdf, http://www.math.nyu.edu/caos_teaching/hurricanes/BAMS_KosSch.pdf) and have been created in the lab (http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060515/full/060515-17.html). Very cool.
36 posted on 03/29/2007 1:41:48 PM PDT by edsheppa
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To: gymbeau

All your hexagons are belong to us. For great justice.


37 posted on 03/29/2007 1:43:27 PM PDT by Petronski (FRED!)
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To: socal_parrot

So THAT'S what a host looks like...!


38 posted on 03/29/2007 1:50:19 PM PDT by pgyanke (RUDY GIULIANI 2008 - BECAUSE IF YOU'RE GOING TO COMPROMISE YOUR PRINCIPLES ANYWAY... WHY WAIT?)
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To: socal_parrot
Who are you talking about
39 posted on 03/29/2007 1:56:51 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: NYer

"Old" news from Tuesday: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1807602/posts


40 posted on 03/29/2007 1:59:20 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: NYer
Saturn is a Supreme Planet.

Stop in the Name of Love !

41 posted on 03/29/2007 2:01:06 PM PDT by happygrl
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To: NYer

Our friends the space aliens are sending us a signal telling us that our light bulbs are causing global warming!


42 posted on 03/29/2007 2:07:37 PM PDT by jetson (II)
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To: NYer

IT'S THE 12th MAHDI!!!!!

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!


43 posted on 03/29/2007 2:45:47 PM PDT by wildcatf4f3 (Find out what brand the Ethiopians are drinking and send a case to all my generals.)
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To: NYer

Calypso Looney's mothership?


44 posted on 03/29/2007 2:49:06 PM PDT by stbdside (The Great American Success Story: Enter illegally. Never pay taxes. Get everything free.)
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To: NYer

45 posted on 03/29/2007 2:55:25 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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To: NYer
Maybe it's Xenu?


46 posted on 03/29/2007 3:02:57 PM PDT by fortunecookie (My computer is back!)
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To: NYer

Thanks for the mammary.


47 posted on 03/29/2007 3:40:43 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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S-A-T-U-R-N ... 6 letters

Sixth planet ... Six-sided figure -- makes sense

(If you look closely at Uranus, you'll probably see an octagon ;)


48 posted on 03/29/2007 4:39:03 PM PDT by mikrofon (666 ? Beware!)
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To: stainlessbanner
Just some chick dude.
49 posted on 03/29/2007 4:56:09 PM PDT by socal_parrot (I'm with stupid)
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To: pgyanke

50 posted on 03/29/2007 4:57:55 PM PDT by socal_parrot (I'm with stupid)
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