Saturn Shows Face For 30 Years

Specialties On Saturn

Saturn has something different than any planet in the solar system. No one has seen this shape before, anywhere, on any planet. The Voyager spacecraft captured this sight thirty years ago. Saturn’s different than any other planet. Its expansive rings, its north polar vortex, and Saturn’s hexagon: An amazing phenomenon – ScienceDaily, that’s formed over its exact northern pole, make it highly perplexing, and different than any other planet we know about.

Give me five minutes and I’ll give you Saturn in 2015 | Astronomy … The hexagon, however, is wider than at least four Earth diameters, and has been seen at the same location for thirty years. Even though its formation and appearance is ‘claimed’ to be a result of a jet stream forming a six-lobed, stationary wave wrapping around the north polar region at a latitude of 77 degrees north, other explanations abound. The current view is from 37 degrees above the ring-plane by the Cassini spacecraft, and more images were taken by Cassini in April 2014. The view was obtained at a distance of 1.4 million miles from Saturn’s mysterious HEXAGONAL storm system revealed in true color. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a project of NASA, European, and Italian Space Agencies, with imaging operations at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

The Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at once: Saturn’s north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings. The hexagon, which is wider than two Earths, owes its appearance to the jet stream that forms its perimeter. The jet stream forms a sixlobed, stationary wave which wraps around the north polar regions at a latitude of 77 degrees North. This view also looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 37 degrees above the ring-plane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft in April 2014. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.4 million miles from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 43 degrees. Image scale is 81 miles per pixel. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

One could even assume this hexagon rotated over the north pole for hundreds, or thousands of years, and has been immovable. Movies of Saturn’s North Pole demonstrate the clouds maintaining their hexagonal structure while still rotating.

Typically, Saturn’s wind speeds change with latitude, having the strongest speed at the pole(1350 ft/sec), but it’s hypothesized the steep contrasts, or gradient, is causing the shape(?).

Double-Hexagon On North Pole

But the Saturn hexagon continues to mystify scientists. They also found a co-existent ‘double’ hexagon formed within the polar clouds over the North Pole. It turns out there are actually two hexagons at the North Pole with one inside the other. But these two are in stark contrast to the hurricane-like vortex observed at Saturn’s South Pole. Both poles have been pictured by NASA’s Cassini.

“We haven’t seen a (geometric) feature like this anywhere else on any other planet,” this from Cassini scientist Kevin Baines [NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory]. “It’s unbelievable.”

One of the unexplained hexagons was seen sidelong by the Voyager spacecraft over 20 years ago. As a result, scientists know it’s been there a while. Now Cassini’s infrared mapping has given irrefutable images of the hexagons from a higher orbit.

The 15,000-mile-wide hexagons seem to be a standing wave, through which other things move without changing the wave pattern. And it’s in sync with the Saturn’s 10.5 hour rotation. Knowing these things, scientists still can’t determine what’s happening.

After Many Months

There was another view of Saturn’s North Pole recently with direct sunlight. No Change. So far, no one has come up with an explanation for the alien hexagons.

But we ‘do’ know a few things. First, we know these hexagons have not changed positions from lying directly on the North Pole. We know the smaller hexagon has always stayed perfectly inside the larger one. We know no similar shapes exist anywhere else on Saturn. We know wind speeds of each hexagon is approximately 1350 ft/sec, or 936 mph. From all observations, the hexagons only co-exist on Saturn’s North Pole, and exist on no other planet in the solar system.

Polar cyclones on Saturn are a total unknown and puzzling phenomenon, especially since Saturn is a gas giant. It lacks the essential ingredient to initiate any cyclone-storm-surface water. Even in a closed laboratory scientists have attempted turbulent flow in a large container. Special conditions predicated as few as two, and as many as eight waves produced by turbulent flow of liquid. But only for a short period of time, with a variated number of waves produced. This was in a water tank, and we know Saturn has no surface water.

We also know Saturn’s North Polar hexagon has no water, has been around for possible eons, stays in one location, has two(?) concentric wave patterns (that we’ve seen), and has smaller cyclones move through its outer bandwidth with ease.

“There’s no surface at all – it just gets denser as you get deeper.” This from Morgan O’Neill, a former PhD student in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). O’Neill says: “If you lack choppy waters or a frictional surface that allows wind to converge, which is how hurricanes form on Earth, how can you possibly get something that looks similar on a gas giant?”

God Will Provide Answers In Time

We can write a book on what we don’t know about this hexagon, and certainly add a few chapters as to why several items shouldn’t be happening. In a few hundred years we’ll have the ability to reach the ringed planet with a manned spacecraft.

When we get there, we probably still won’t know all the answers. But God will. With a few surprises, and likely a few messages as well.