Cassini Reveals Saturn’s Hexagon Border

Oh Cassini, have I mentioned lately how much I admire you? In October 2015, https://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/cassinis-curtain-call/ defined you as NASA’s unassuming civil servant, know that your exemplary service to humanity will never be forgotten.

On April 26, 2017 Cassini embarked on the first of 22 dives toward the heart of Saturn. Sliding dutifully between Saturn’s inner ring and outer atmosphere, Cassini encountered little resistance. Unaware of external trepidation, oblivious to collective relief she wasn’t obliterated by cosmic debris, Cassini documented her journey with stoic pride.

On May 4, 2017 NASA released this video, a Cassini eye view exposing mysteries of Saturn’s hexagon north pole cloud system and central vortex. Images that suggest neighboring hexagon and vortex clouds never mix –

In September 2017 a wild abandon death plunge toward Saturn will terminate the mission. Cameras rolling, Cassini’s demise will cement the legacy of an unassuming civil servant determined to advance science.

Outstanding link to Cassini timeline –

https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/the-journey/timeline/#saturn-orbit-insertion

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4 thoughts on “Cassini Reveals Saturn’s Hexagon Border

  1. Wow that hexagonal cloud is stunning. In accelerator physics we see such forms and immediately think: resonance. In this case, a 3rd harmonic rather than a 2nd harmonic (which would be a circle). Although the hexagon gives the impression of symmetry, I’m reading this as a very disturbed system that has many harmonics. Certainly the permanent circular storms all over the planet would confirm that.

    Amazing images.

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