The strange hexagon shape on Saturn’s north pole, photographed last year (but initially discovered in the 1980s), has drawn quite a bit of interest from various experts in the scientific community, as well as speculation as to what exactly might have caused it. For this, there are many theories, including a sort of standing-wave pattern in the atmosphere, or perhaps even an aurora-like manifestation. Now, after the harsh Saturnian winter has subsided (the last time they celebrated Spring on Saturn was thirty years ago), the best images of the planet’s large hexagon have been made available. Behold the gigantic, geometric storm that has been brewing on the ringed planet’s northern extremity:
ABOVE: Saturn’s peculiar hexagonal weather system, image courtesy of NASA.
In a NASA press release detailing the Cassini Equinox Mission, details were given regarding these most magnificent images:
After waiting years for the sun to illuminate Saturn