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Saturn has this hexagon.....

 
 
dlowan
 
Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 06:12 am
It does!!!



http://spaceweather.com/swpod2007/28mar07/hexaurora_strip.jpg


BIZARRE HEXAGON: "We've never seen anything like it on any other planet," says atmospheric scientist Kevin Baines of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It is a hexagon twice as wide as Earth encircling Saturn's north pole. First observed by the Voyager spacecraft in the 1980s, the hexagon has been sighted anew by the Cassini probe:


In this infrared photo taken by Cassini's VIMS camera, the blue color traces auroras at high altitudes in Saturn's atmosphere. Red indicates the amount heat filtering up through clouds below. Researchers believe the auroras and the hexagon are unrelated.

The hexagon could be a distant cousin of Earth's polar vortex, but while Earth's vortex is a circle, Saturn's may be molded into a hexagon by some strange pattern of atmospheric waves. "Saturn's thick atmosphere where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate is perhaps the last place you'd expect to see such a six-sided geometric figure," says Baines. In short, it's a mystery.......






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Noddy24
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 06:41 am
Not to derail a potentially fascinating thread, but I initially read your title as "Satan has this hexagon...." which would also be potentially fascinating.

Do you suppose there is oil under the hexagon?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 06:45 am
Noddy24 wrote:
Not to derail a potentially fascinating thread, but I initially read your title as "Satan has this hexagon...." which would also be potentially fascinating.

Do you suppose there is oil under the hexagon?


Wouldn't that be if it was a shell?
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dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 06:48 am
Noddy I think Satan is more your penta type of girl rather than hexa type.

I found your post most interesting dlowan. Its just that I have nothing to contribute except the above drivel.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 06:52 am
dadpad wrote:
Noddy I think Satan is more your penta type of girl rather than hexa type.

I found your post most interesting dlowan. Its just that I have nothing to contribute except the above drivel.


Well, I suspect that either ooh aah, or witty drivel, is about allthere is to say, unless one happens to have the sort of knowledge that has light to throw upon it.


Perhaps Farmerman, for instance, wil be able to say something simply stunning?
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 06:57 am
As long as drivel is ok, I'll add an ooh. Looks nice. Read the article. It didn't explain the ball-like thing in the middle.

Love dem hexagons.

Hope this is sufficiently drivelish--or devilish if you follow Noddy's reading of the situation.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 07:00 am
Roberta wrote:
It didn't explain the ball-like thing in the middle.


I thought it looked like a nipple but I was bottle fed so that would explain it.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 07:04 am
dadpad wrote:
Roberta wrote:
It didn't explain the ball-like thing in the middle.


I thought it looked like a nipple but I was bottle fed so that would explain it.


Ok, it's clear.


Someone has to be brave enough to say it.


It's a ******* great space base, clearly.


Come on.

That thing ain't natural.


I think the nipple is designed to pass as a crater, but it's got an HUMUNGOUS building in it.



At least, whoever they are, we know they're mammals.



Phew...



It isn't April 1st anywhere, yet, is it?



Like on Saturn?
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 07:10 am
Hey, I was bottle-fed, but it doesn't look like a nipple to me. It looks like a giant, too-round, too-perfectly shaped ball.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 07:11 am
Ha...this claims to explain it...with buckets of water yet!



http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060515/full/060515-17.html



It's an innie:



http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/saturn/images/PIA09188-th200.jpg


More info:


http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/image-details.cfm?imageID=2552
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 07:17 am
Bucket, shmucket.

or

Innie shminnie.

I'm suspicious of the whole thing.

But it does look nice.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 07:19 am
Here's some great images:

I told you...great images!!!
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 07:21 am
When you're right, you're right. Great images. Thanks, kid.
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2007 07:48 am
They're trying to communicate!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 29 Mar, 2007 01:32 am
littlek wrote:
They're trying to communicate!



Whaddaya think they're trying to say?


"Bees rule, OK!"?
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Roberta
 
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Reply Thu 29 Mar, 2007 03:01 am
Bees?!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 29 Mar, 2007 03:20 am
Roberta wrote:
Bees?!


Honeycomb:




http://www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us/4TH/KKHP/1INSECTS/bugpix/beehoney.JPEG



Saturn:

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/172367main_pia09186-330.jpg
Cassini Images Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn
03.27.07 -- An odd, six-sided, honeycomb-shaped feature circling the entire north pole of Saturn has captured the interest of scientists with NASA's Cassini mission.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Thu 29 Mar, 2007 03:30 am
You might actually be onto something there Dlowan. Apparently the hexagon is the strongest naturally occurring geometric shape.

Now, given saturns size, the forces acting on a naturally formed structure (and I include gas formations in this) would be enormous. If for some obscure reason the structure being shown had to hold together a hexagon would a reasonable shape for it to develope into.

There's absolutly no science in that by the way.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Thu 29 Mar, 2007 05:57 am
maybe God is seeing another planet on the down low.....
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 29 Mar, 2007 09:35 am
I think the Eeties just get bored, and make up **** like this to mystify us, and then crack up at the response.

In effect, Miss Wabbit, they think we're suckers . . .
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