Saturn’s Hexagon

Saturn's northern vortex - the hexagon.  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton University

Saturn’s northern vortex – the hexagon. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton University

WOW! Cassini took the best images yet of Saturn’s northern vortex we know as the hexagon. Be sure to check out the animated gif from the JPL page (linked below).

JPL’s caption:

This colorful view from NASA’s Cassini mission is the highest-resolution view of the unique six-sided jet stream at Saturn’s north pole known as “the hexagon.” This movie, made from images obtained by Cassini’s imaging cameras, is the first to show the hexagon in color filters, and the first movie to show a complete view from the north pole down to about 70 degrees north latitude.

 

Scientists can see the motion of a wide variety of cloud structures that reside within the hexagon in this movie. There is a massive hurricane tightly centered on the north pole, with an eye about 50 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth. (More information about that Saturn hurricane is at Saturn Hurricane Movie.)

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