Característica nuvem hexagonal no pólo norte de Saturno, descoberta por Voyager 1 e confirmada em 2006 por Cassini.
Why would clouds form a hexagon on Saturn? Nobody is sure. Originally discovered during the Voyager flybys of Saturn in the 1980s, nobody has ever seen anything like it anywhere else in the Solar System. If Saturn’s South Pole wasn’t strange enough with its rotating vortex, Saturn’s North Pole might be considered even stranger. The bizarre cloud pattern is shown above in great detail by a recent image taken by the Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft. This and similar images show the stability of the hexagon even 20+ years after Voyager. Movies of Saturn’s North Pole show the cloud structure maintaining its hexagonal structure while rotating. Unlike individual clouds appearing like a hexagon on Earth, the Saturn cloud pattern appears to have six well defined sides of nearly equal length. Four Earths could fit inside the hexagon…
Saturn’s Hexagon and Rings
The Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn
Saturn’s Strange Hexagon
Seen for the first time with complete images since it was first observed 26 years ago.
Saturns recently photographed north pole weather formation lies on the 78th latitude of the planet.
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Enviado em 04/04/2007
The mystery hexagon on Saturn
Publicado em 21/11/2010
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