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Saturn's mysterious hexagonal storm gets its moment in the sun: Stunning new Cassini image...
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 05/08/2017

Posted on 05/09/2017 11:44:45 AM PDT by BenLurkin

'The region, in shadow for the first part of the Cassini mission, now enjoys full sunlight, which enables Cassini scientists to directly image it in reflected light.'

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'Around it swirl the clouds, driven by the fast winds of Saturn.'

Although the poles of Saturn are at the center of all of this motion, not everything travels around them in circles.

Some of the jet-stream patterns, such as the hexagon-shaped pattern seen here, have wavy, uneven shapes.

The famous hexagon shape itself circumscribes the northern polar vortex – seen as a dark spot at the planet’s pole in the above image – which is understood to be the eye of a hurricane-like storm.

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TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: saturn
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1 posted on 05/09/2017 11:44:45 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Cue Richard C. Hoagland on NASA coverups.


2 posted on 05/09/2017 11:50:26 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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A hexagon is natural stress distribution.
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3 posted on 05/09/2017 11:58:08 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: BenLurkin

There’s somethin’ happenin’ here...


4 posted on 05/09/2017 12:01:04 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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Maybe that’s why honey bees make their comb in that shape? Because it’s stronger?


5 posted on 05/09/2017 12:01:55 PM PDT by sevinufnine (.)
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To: BenLurkin
There are wargamers on Saturn?


6 posted on 05/09/2017 12:10:03 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Hi! I'm the Dread Pirate Roberts! (TM) Ask about franchise opportunities in your area.)
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To: BenLurkin

SATURN! “Dressed to kill by Cassini”. (I stole that from an old, OLD Mat Helm movie from fifty years ago)


7 posted on 05/09/2017 12:10:26 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)
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To: MUDDOG
There’s somethin’ happenin’ here...

What it is ain't exactly clear....

8 posted on 05/09/2017 12:18:23 PM PDT by thulldud
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9 posted on 05/09/2017 12:34:01 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (eliminate perverse incentives)
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It looks cold.


10 posted on 05/09/2017 12:40:47 PM PDT by ez ("Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton)
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To: BenLurkin

looks like a tit.


11 posted on 05/09/2017 12:45:03 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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Hexagonal? What planet does your honey come from?


12 posted on 05/09/2017 12:46:48 PM PDT by NorthMountain (The Democrats ... have lost their grip on reality -DJT)
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To: sevinufnine

The real reason why the ground crew for the X-37B were dressed like beekeepers.

13 posted on 05/09/2017 12:48:38 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity - Pres. Eisenhower)
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To: NorthMountain

Planet Claire.


14 posted on 05/09/2017 12:49:38 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: BenLurkin

Photo obviously taken during warm weather........


15 posted on 05/09/2017 12:49:38 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (If a cow ever got the chance, he’d eat you and everyone you ever cared about.)
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To: central_va
And they're hexagonal?


16 posted on 05/09/2017 12:58:18 PM PDT by NorthMountain (The Democrats ... have lost their grip on reality -DJT)
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To: Calvin Locke
Hyperdimensional Physics!

http://transmissionsmedia.com/the-secret-of-saturns-hexagon/

17 posted on 05/09/2017 12:59:28 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: GreenLanternCorps
There are wargamers on Saturn?

House Kurita is feeling pokey again...


18 posted on 05/09/2017 1:00:27 PM PDT by Ciaphas Cain (I don't give a damn about your feelings. Try to impress me with your convictions.)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

“The Wargamers of Saturn”

Awesome title for a sci-fi episode


19 posted on 05/09/2017 1:03:42 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: central_va
glad it's not just me....
20 posted on 05/09/2017 1:06:43 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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