What The Hell?

Huh. I thought weather and atmospheric science was “settled”

Saturn’s north pole holds something even more strange than a globe-trotting Santa Claus — a giant hexagon shape within the planet’s atmosphere. Now NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has imaged the whole hexagonal pattern in visible light for the first time.

The hexagon has remained a mystery ever since NASA’s Voyager spacecraft first discovered it in the early 1980s. Cassini has used its spectrometer to observe the hexagon in both visual and infrared light since 2006, but at lower resolution than the newest visible-light images.

Amazingly cool.

4 Responses to “What The Hell?”

  1. Teresa says:

    I think our North Pole needs a hexagon to be the coolest place in the solar system. (or maybe I mean warmest… I can’t keep track these days).

  2. Yojimbo says:

    My rhombus is acting up so wake me at the tetrahedron and we’ll change drivers.

    The replacement for the Hubble is supposedly due for launch in 2013 or so, with its advanced capability we should be in for quite a show.

  3. nightfly says:

    You know what this means?


    Screw Hubble’s replacement. Or, to quote Harry Truman in a different episode, “Invent NASA and tell them to get off their asses!”

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