The first look ever at Saturn's swirling North Pole were only partial images sent by the 1980's Voyager fly-by craft that surely must have confounded scientists with the enigmatic hexagonal shape. The theory at the time that the swirling hexagon on Saturn's North Pole were merely temporary was found to be emphatically wrong when twenty years later Cassini's cameras proved the daunting vision of the Saturn's swirling North Pole a permanent fixture of the planet.
posted on 11/28/2012 10:32:19 AM PST
posted on 11/28/2012 10:33:54 AM PST
(BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
This is a raw image, acquired in polarized light, from a distance of 238,045 miles
That's about the distance from the earth to the moon.
Thanks for the post, marvelous photos.
Any idea what the wind speeds are?
posted on 11/28/2012 10:36:16 AM PST
posted on 11/28/2012 10:45:20 AM PST
by US Navy Vet
(Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
Has there been any theorizing on the mechanism that is creating a standing hexagonal wind flow pattern at the North Pole?
posted on 11/28/2012 10:46:37 AM PST
by Captain Rhino
(Determined Effort is the hammer that Human Will uses to forge Tomorrow on the anvil of Today.)
I categorically deny that this is my fault.
I'm just preempting it.
posted on 11/28/2012 10:50:39 AM PST
(Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
I could’ve sworn I saw the Monolith at the left edge of the third picture.
posted on 11/28/2012 10:58:01 AM PST
by Night Hides Not
(The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
probably only permanent in the sense of thousands of years. 20 yrs is nothing to the gas giant.
posted on 11/28/2012 11:30:27 AM PST
Very cool images! Thanks!
posted on 11/28/2012 12:44:27 PM PST
(Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
Incredible Raw Image of Saturns Swirling North Pole (Saturn's Enigmatic Swirling Snowflake)
To: lbryce; flaglady47; mickie; Chigirl 26; seenenuf
Isn't that vortex actually the Nine Levels of Hell from "Dante's Inferno"?
I think I see Obama swimming around at about the third level....you can spot him by his tail.
posted on 11/29/2012 7:36:27 AM PST
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posted on 11/29/2012 9:41:03 AM PST
by Red Badger
(Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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