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November 14, 2008

Dazzling Mysterious Aurora Spotted on Saturn

Filed under: Inner Solar System, Saturn — Tags: , — bferrari @ 2:42 pm
Mysterious Rings of Saturn

Bizzare Hexagon Pattern on Saturn

An inexplicable new broad region of auroral light has been photographed at Saturn’s polar cap. “We’ve never seen an aurora like this elsewhere,” said Tom Stallard, an RCUK Academic Fellow working with Cassini data at the University of Leicester. “It’s not just a ring of aurorae like those we’ve seen at Jupiter or Earth.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Story Continues Here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,451372,00.html

Here is an awesome view of the Saturn Hexagons: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070403.html

Ever since the arrival of the Saturn probe Cassini, Saturn’s veil of mystery has begun to lift itself. Yet, at the same time, new mysteries have revealed themselves, and many like this one, continue to evolve. One such mystery lies in Saturn’s polar caps region. This is part of an ongoing new discovery process with astronomers in regards to Saturn as it’s polar regions have begun to unlock some fo the wild processes that occur on our most brilliant gas giant, Saturn.

Here is an older story in the continuing saga of Saturn’s polar regions:

Mysterious Hexagons

Mysterious Hexagons

Bizarre Hexagon Spotted on Saturn

posted: 27 March 2007
01:18 pm ET
One of the most bizarre weather patterns known has been photographed at Saturn, where astronomers have spotted a huge, six-sided feature circling the north pole.

Rather than the normally sinuous cloud structures seen on all planets that have atmospheres, this thing is a hexagon.

The honeycomb-like feature has been seen before. NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft imaged it more than two decades ago. Now, having spotted it with the Cassini spacecraft, scientists conclude it is a long-lasting oddity.

“This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides,” said Kevin Baines, atmospheric expert and member of Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. “We’ve never seen anything like this on any other planet. Indeed, Saturn’s thick atmosphere, where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate, is perhaps the last place you’d expect to see such a six-sided geometric figure, yet there it is.”

Story Continues Here: http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/070327_saturn_hex.html

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