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Cassini Images the Strange Polar Hexagon of Saturn

Cassini Animation of SaturnThe Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) has released an animation of Saturn’s north polar region based upon a number of the most recent images taken of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft. Once again there is an apparent hexagon-shaped feature in the atmosphere. As noted by the CICLOPS team: “the last visible-light images of the entire hexagon were captured by NASA’s Voyager spacecraft nearly 30 years ago.” The Cassini images are of higher resolution than Voyager’s camera and allows scientists to examine “undulations and circular features instead of blobs in the hexagon.” This should allow the scientists “to solve some of the unanswered questions about one of the most bizarre things we’ve ever seen in the solar system.” Read more about the images and their study online now here.

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