Chelsea Gohd

A high-res, colorful view of Saturn’s Hexagon.  (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton University)

There’s an extensive system of haze layers in the bizarre hexagon on Saturn, a new study has found. 

Saturn’s Hexagon” is a swirling maelstrom at the planet’s north pole that, as its name implies, has an odd, hexagonal shape. The hexagon is an ever-present cloud pattern that “stands” as tall as an enormous, whirling tower on the planet. The phenomenon was first discovered in 1980 by NASA’s Voyager spacecraft and was later on imaged in exquisite detail by the Cassini spacecraft, which orbited the planet from 2004 to 2017. 

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