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    Saturn’s Strange Hexagon – In Living Color!



    Color-composite Cassini image of Saturn’s northern hexagon (NASA/JPL/SSI/Jason Major)

    Cassini sure has been busy these past few days! After returning some mind-blowing images of the swirling 3,000-km-wide cyclone over Saturn’s north pole the spacecraft pulled back to give a wider view of the ringed giant’s upper latitudes, revealing one of its most curious features: the northern hexagon.

    The image above is a color-composite made from raw images acquired by Cassini on November 28 from a distance of 379,268 miles (610,373 kilometers) away. Because the color channels were of a much lower resolution than the clear-filter monochrome image, the color is approximate in relation to individual atmospheric details. Still, it gives an idea of the incredible variation in hues around Saturn’s northern hemisphere as well as clearly showing the uncannily geometric structure of the hexagon.

    (Can I get another “WOW”?)


    Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/98699/s...-living-color/
    http://youtu.be/zSgiXGELjbc

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    Which way does it rotate? 60 degree angles all over the place.

    ....and the color!

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    ....and the sharp cutoff in the ring in the background!

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