Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Saturn's Hexagon and "Eye": Freaky Planet!

Saturn is one freaky big ole planet.

Here are two pics to prove it. Number one:


In the north pole of the planet, we have a truly funky hexagonal thing going on:
Something downright weird has been sighted twirling over the north pole of Saturn: A long-lived double hexagon formed in the clouds.

The two six-sided features — one inside the other — are in stark contrast to the hurricane-like vortex that has been observed at the ringed planet's south pole. Both poles have been imaged by NASA's orbiting Cassini spacecraft.

"We haven't seen a (geometric) feature like this anywhere else on any other planet," said Cassini scientist Kevin Baines of the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "It's unbelievable."


And here's the other:

At the bottom of the giant planet, the southern pole, you get this startling bull's-eye pattern.

A hurricane-like storm two-thirds as wide as the Earth is raging on Saturn's south pole, new images from the Cassini spacecraft reveal. Such clear hurricane-like features have never before been seen on any other planet, but scientists are not sure what is causing them.


I think it's rather spooky, really. But then, anything that's hurricane-like scares this Miami-dwelling Mir.

3 comments:

Josh said...

I'm trying to remember what science fiction book it's in...but there's a part where some characters get sucked into the eye of Jupiter and discover it's actually a giant transportation device. And there was another (in one of the Space Odyssey's) where it was shown that Jupiter had a gargantuan diamond as its core.

Mirtika said...

Can they set that gargantuan diamond in some nice white gold for me, ya think? ; )

Congrats on the flash sale to DKA. I'm a totaly freak for fairy tale fiction.

MIr

Josh said...

Thanks! I'm excited to get a chance to be in DKA. Glad you all enjoyed it.