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Saturn's North Polar Hexagon

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Saturn's north polar hexagon basks in the Sun's light now that spring has come to the northern hemisphere. Many smaller storms dot the north polar region and Saturn's signature rings, which appear to disappear on account of Saturn's shadow, put in an appearance in the background.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera on Nov. 27, 2012 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 750 nanometers.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 403,000 miles (649,000 kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 21 degrees. Image scale is 22 miles (35 kilometers) per pixel. 

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
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A few years back, an online pub had a naming contest for this hexagonal phenomenon. I suggested Saturn's Nut as it looks like the hexagonal nuts that help secure bolts.
 
Beautiful photograph Annarita. It's amazing what we are able to see thanks to Hubble, Cassini and others.
 
saw this image on APOD also , it's still a mistery why this is a hexagon . Stunning image !
 
This has to be a structure that forms through a minimum energy state.  Like the geometry that forms when you combine multiple soap bubbles.
 
For some reason I can't stop looking at this, I love it
 
O: If I am not mistaken there was also one seen similar to this on Jupiter!
 
 Of course yes there is but I meant a hexagonal shaped storm but nobody seems to be talking about it and I suspect that its being covered up o:
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