Mysterious Hexagon in Space
A mysterious hexagon-shaped image can be seen in space, floating above the storms that swirl around the north pole on Saturn. Astronomers want to know what it is.
In New Scientist, Maggie Mckee reports that astronomers have long known about the “hurricane-like vortex” that “swirls on Saturn’s south pole.” Mckee reports that, “A deep, hexagon-shaped feature lies above Saturn’s north pole.” This has been seen by Voyager 1 and 2, and new images have recently come from the Cassini spacecraft. According to McKee, “The strange structure appears to be nearly stationary.” Hear Linda Howe’s report on this amazing story on this week’s Dreamland!
Art credit: NASA