How can nature produce a hexagon, lacking the presence of intellect? Bees can make a hexagon. What made the one on Saturn? God? Aliens?
Saturn Hexagon Mystifies Scientists
Larry O’Hanlon, Discovery News
March 27, 2007 - Something downright weird has been sighted twirling over the north pole of Saturn: A long-lived double hexagon formed in the clouds.
The two six-sided features - one inside the other - are in stark contrast to the hurricane-like vortex that has been observed at the ringed planet’s south pole. Both poles have been imaged by NASA’s orbiting Cassini spacecraft.
“We haven’t seen a (geometric) feature like this anywhere else on any other planet,” said Cassini scientist Kevin Baines of the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “It’s unbelievable.”
One of the unexplained hexagons was glimpsed obliquely before, by the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts more than 20 years ago, which is how scientists know it’s a durable feature. Cassini’s infrared mapping instrument has provided the first whole, irrefutable images of the feature from a higher-latitude orbit.
The 15,000-mile-wide feature appears to be some sort of deep-seated standing wave, through which other things move without changing the wave pattern, Baines observed. It also appears to be in sync with the planet’s quick 10-and-a-half-hour rotation.
Beyond that, nobody is sure what to make of it.
“It’s perplexing,” said Baines. “It’s a bizarre pattern.”
Cassini’s recent fly over Saturn’s southern hemisphere gave scientists a chance to verify that no such feature appears there. Instead there was a mega-hurricane-like vortex with a broad, deep eye over the south pole, explained Cassini team member Bob Brown of the University of Arizona."