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New Hi-Res Footage Shows Saturn's Mysterious Hexagon Like Never Before
i09.com ^ | Robert T. Gonzalez

Posted on 02/14/2014 12:47:21 AM PST by Windflier

You're looking at a newly released 8-frame movie of Saturn's enigmatic "hexagon." It is the highest-resolution footage ever acquired of the massive six-sided maelstrom atop the ringed planet's north pole, and boy howdy is it gorgeous.

For the uninitiated, Saturn's uncannily symmetric cloud system measures roughly 20,000-miles across, and is utterly unique in our solar system. Its dimensions and dynamics are just bizarre.

At the hexagon's center whirls a tightly wound hurricane roughly fifty-times larger than the average hurricane-eye on Earth.

About it spins an assortment of smaller vortices, caught up in the hexagon's jet stream, that rotate clockwise, even as the central hurricane, and the outer hexagon, rotate in the opposite direction. The largest of the smaller vortices, appearing white in the lower right corner of the hexagon, spans about 2,200 miles – roughly twice the size of Earth's largest hurricanes.

(Excerpt) Read more at io9.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Astronomy; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: astronomy; hexagon; saturn
One of the weirdest mysteries in our solar system. Check out the images at the link.
1 posted on 02/14/2014 12:47:21 AM PST by Windflier
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To: Windflier

That is VERY freaky. Espically the really dark video on the bottom. That just shouldn’t oughtta be happening like that there...


2 posted on 02/14/2014 12:55:53 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Mr. K; Windflier

“That is VERY freaky. Espically the really dark video on the bottom. That just shouldn’t oughtta be happening like that there...”

This was posted a few weeks ago as well. So weird I had to learn more. It turns out that it is not all that unexpected when it comes to fluid dynamics. The rotation of one thing at one density bound by another medium of a different density is the cause. Various speeds and densities will give all sorts of types of polygons. Pretty cool though, and pretty amazing that we can get images of it.


3 posted on 02/14/2014 1:03:54 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: SunkenCiv

Astro-ping.


4 posted on 02/14/2014 1:05:04 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Windflier

Excellent post! Thanks!


5 posted on 02/14/2014 1:31:03 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Windflier

Oh wow. Beautiful. It’s amazing. Thank you so much for finding and posting.


6 posted on 02/14/2014 1:45:51 AM PST by Gefn (No whammies)
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To: Windflier

7 posted on 02/14/2014 2:36:43 AM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: Windflier

Obviously some sort of prison for intergalactic bad guys. DON’T MESS WITH IT!!!


8 posted on 02/14/2014 2:51:49 AM PST by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: Windflier

Thank you. Where does the roaring, crackling sound that accompanied the video come from? Is it possibly the actual sound that’s generated by the rings as they whirl and swirl around the planet? I once read in a NASA display of planets that it’s very noisy around Saturn. That the objects of all sizes of material which make up the rings; some as large as large buildings, ceaselessly banging and scraping into each other as they circle the planet, make a horrendous amount of noise. (To borrow a phrase: “Inquiring minds want to know”).


9 posted on 02/14/2014 2:54:14 AM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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To: Windflier

Gonzalez’s use of the word “maelstrom” in the opening paragraph tends to ad credence to the idea of NOISE surrounding Saturn.


10 posted on 02/14/2014 2:59:26 AM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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To: Windflier

Our solar system is being targeted.


11 posted on 02/14/2014 3:10:52 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 21twelve

Google ‘cymatics’. I suspect that has a lot to do with this phenomenon.


12 posted on 02/14/2014 3:27:05 AM PST by AustinBill (consequence is what makes our choices real)
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To: AustinBill

Interesting. Perhaps the hexagon is a reflection of Saturn’s natural harmonic.


13 posted on 02/14/2014 3:54:36 AM PST by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Windflier

The human soul looks the same when viewed from the top down. It’s the reason for the mandalas representing human consciousness.


14 posted on 02/14/2014 4:08:52 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: Tucker39

There would be no sound transmission in space.


15 posted on 02/14/2014 4:25:01 AM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Windflier

I once watch a clip that investigated the tonal qualities of bells. Part of the clip showed a bell upside down filled with water and various “strikes” were applied.

In some instances the waves produced in the water took on shapes like the ones shown in the video at the link. I’d imagine that it had something to do with standing waves and resonances.


16 posted on 02/14/2014 4:29:06 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

In space no one can hear you scream.....


17 posted on 02/14/2014 4:32:47 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Windflier
Even with continents, this same Coriolis effect is more than recognizable here on earth: http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-77.72,-91.53,303
18 posted on 02/14/2014 4:36:06 AM PST by Errant (Surround yourself with intelligent and industrious people who help and support each other.)
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To: Windflier

Oh my gosh - It’s full of stars!


19 posted on 02/14/2014 4:36:56 AM PST by PlateOfShrimp
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To: iowamark
A giant bolt....

When it finally unscrews.....

...all of Obamas hidden documents will come pouring out.

20 posted on 02/14/2014 5:20:30 AM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: Tucker39
the idea of NOISE surrounding Saturn

Have you heard the 'sounds of the solar system/universe'?

Some Youtube recordings:

Solar System Sounds playlist

There are CDs/DVDs available with these sounds.
21 posted on 02/14/2014 5:30:25 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Windflier
To me, it may indicate that Saturn is in an "optimized" relationship with other forces in its galactic environment. For instance, if Earth's orbit were optimized, it would circuit the Sun in 360 days; all months and the Moon's orbit would be exactly 30 days; there would be no need for a Leap Year and no adjustment of the minutes to make Greenwich Mean Time always come out right. You would probably see more orderly behavior on the planet as a result, a calming of tides and fewer spikes in full-moon crazed behavior in emergency rooms.

Either that, or the position of Mars relative to the telescope observing it could be an explanation. One sometimes sees hexagonal optical illusions in photographs where there is strong sunlight. The curved camera lens "sees" them, but not the naked eye.


22 posted on 02/14/2014 6:48:55 AM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: Tucker39
Very strange to hear noise in a vacuum, right.
23 posted on 02/14/2014 8:23:53 AM PST by ANGGAPO (Layte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: ANGGAPO

Thanks for the reply. I thought of that, but I also figured Saturn must have SOME kind of atmosphere, which WOULD conduct soundwaves. If you can assure me that the planet is totally bereft of ANY atmosphere, the noise idea goes away, and I feel like a smacked kiester.


24 posted on 02/14/2014 4:46:11 PM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

You’re assuming that the planet Saturn has NO atmosphere. See my reply to others. Thanks for yours.


25 posted on 02/14/2014 4:51:47 PM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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To: Tucker39

The rings aren’t in the atmosphere.


26 posted on 02/14/2014 4:56:38 PM PST by mlo
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To: Tucker39

This is a follow-up to ANGGAPO and bitterohiogunclinger who questioned whether there is sound on Saturn “because space is a vacuum.” Below is a link, and an excerpt from what I found there. I found it interesting that there are 1800 kph winds on Saturn. The idea that those winds are silent gives me brain cramps. I found 2 links with audio from the Cassini Spacecraft of the noise from Saturn’s rings. The cherry on top is: Saturn is a GAS GIANT, so it MUST have an atmosphere, which it does.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Cassini-Huygens/Saturn_s_atmosphere

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38pJhxCzR-I

http://www.howitworksdaily.com/space/the-sound-of-saturns-rings/

SATURN’S ATMOSPHERE

Saturn is approximately 75% hydrogen and 25% helium with traces of other substances like methane and water ice.

Saturn’s atmosphere, although similar to Jupiter’s, is much less interesting to look at from a distance. But enhanced-colour images (shown above) allow us to study the bands across which run parallel to the equator much like Jupiter’s, indicating violent winds.

Saturn is one of the windiest places in the Solar System, and wind speeds have been clocked at a staggering 1800 kilometres per hour at the equator. Occasionally, violent ‘white’ storms break through the cloud layers, each one bigger than Earth. The last of these was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 1994. Smaller storms occur as darker spots, and have been shown in recent Cassini-Huygens images.


27 posted on 02/14/2014 5:28:23 PM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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To: Tucker39

It’s not that Saturn has no atmosphere, it’s that the spacecraft is flying where there is no atmosphere, hence it’s not recording noise. If you dig into the sources for all the alleged “sounds of space” videos you will find that all are radio waves or plasma wave recordings electronically converted to audio.

http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/features/halloween_sounds.html


28 posted on 02/14/2014 5:44:28 PM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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Thanks Squawk 8888, extra to APoD.


29 posted on 02/14/2014 8:13:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: ALASKA; ActionNewsBill; A knight without armor; albertp; aragorn; areafiftyone; aruanan; ...

FYI: pings..


30 posted on 02/15/2014 5:46:00 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave (The democRATic party preys on the ignorant..!)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

yup... http://www.spacesounds.com/home/index.html


31 posted on 02/15/2014 6:53:31 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Tucker39

um... there is no sound in space because their is no medium for the sound waves to travel in. The sound track should not be on this video at all it is just random noise


32 posted on 02/15/2014 6:59:44 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave


33 posted on 02/15/2014 7:07:04 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Flick Lives

Richard Hoagland says it is the result of hyper-dimensional torsion field physics.


34 posted on 02/15/2014 12:10:50 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Mr. K

Saturn has an atmosphere like any other planet. If the sound track of that video isn’t actually the noise of the rings, NASA is guilty of misleading their viewers. I think since Saturn is a gas giant, it probably has a proportionally higher altitude atmospheric limit than terrestrial ones.
But we can agree to disagree. I do plan to research further and find the entire story of Saturn and her ambiance.
Blessings on your weekend


35 posted on 02/15/2014 4:52:27 PM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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To: Mr. K

Oooops! My bad. The audio on the Cassini video is RADIO emissions.

Gotta’ give you that one. Still going to keep searching for audible noise on Saturn because of what I read on a NASA site years ago.


36 posted on 02/15/2014 5:35:39 PM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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To: Mr. K

I can’t find what I was looking for so I’ll concede the point for the time being. Although the only references I could find re “sound” was radio emissions.

However, 2 things keep me looking. 1. One of the articles stated that the rings are composed of 98% ice particles ranging in size from sand to a mountain. That cannot help but make NOISE as these objects rattle and bang and scrape against one another.
2. The other is the statement that although the outer edge of the rings extends thousands of kilometers out into space, the inner edge is only a few meters from the discernable “surface” of the gas giant.

Therefore I maintain that if one could physically position himself anywhere near the planet, above or below the plane of the rings, they’d better be wearing shooters’ ear protection, because those rings are making a heck of a racket!
It has been a pleasure, Sir.


37 posted on 02/15/2014 6:45:00 PM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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To: Mr. K

I can’t find what I was looking for so I’ll concede the point for the time being. Although the only references I could find re “sound” was radio emissions.

However, 2 things keep me looking. 1. One of the articles stated that the rings are composed of 98% ice particles ranging in size from sand to a mountain. That cannot help but make NOISE as these objects rattle and bang and scrape against one another.
2. The other is the statement that although the outer edge of the rings extends thousands of kilometers out into space, the inner edge is only a few meters from the discernable “surface” of the gas giant.

Therefore I maintain that if one could physically position himself anywhere near the planet, above or below the plane of the rings, they’d better be wearing shooters’ ear protection, because those rings are making a heck of a racket!
It has been a pleasure, Sir.


38 posted on 02/15/2014 6:45:03 PM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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To: Tucker39

You have to understand what ‘sound’ is- it is pressure waves at different frequencies.

If you were in space and banged two rocks together you would not hear a thing, because there is no atmoshpere to convey the pressure waves.


39 posted on 02/16/2014 5:22:20 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Mr. K

Ten four. I dig it. But as I said in my concession reply. I’m not talking about out in the vacuum of space. I’ve said from the get-go, down at the “surface” of the planet the din is horrendous. The inner “edge” of the rings is only a few meters from the “surface” and according to NASA the atmosphere extends out to thousands of kilometers. Don’t tell me there’s silence down near the planet. There’s one helluva racket going on down there.
Blessings.


40 posted on 02/16/2014 1:27:06 PM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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To: Tucker39

Got it!

Do you know that it has no ‘surface’? it is one of the ‘gas giants’ - it is all gas


41 posted on 02/16/2014 2:39:59 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Tucker39

Got it!

Do you know that it has no ‘surface’? it is one of the ‘gas giants’ - it is all gas


42 posted on 02/16/2014 2:40:21 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Mr. K

Yes I do. That’s why I always put the word “surface” in quotes. I guess I could have called it “the transition area from the planet proper - to the lower atmosphere” but I’m too lazy to type that much.
Psalms 68:19 KJV


43 posted on 02/16/2014 4:15:41 PM PST by Tucker39 ("Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.")
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