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(The Planetary Society)   Cassini returns spectacular shots of the hexagonal polar rings of Saturn   (planetary.org) divider line 26
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2012-11-28 08:35:14 AM  
More things in heaven and earth...
 
2012-11-28 08:36:49 AM  
I can see infinity. More specifically, I can see an infinite redirect loop. :(

Wanna double-check that link, subby? Or is it just me?
 
2012-11-28 09:01:39 AM  
I realize that pop science has a place in culture, but writing like "This is just wow" dumbs it down a little too far.
 
2012-11-28 09:04:20 AM  
In spectacular black and white!
 
2012-11-28 09:06:05 AM  

jfarkinB: I can see infinity. More specifically, I can see an infinite redirect loop. :(

Wanna double-check that link, subby? Or is it just me?


Chrome didn't puke on it and usually it catches the infinite re-directs.
 
2012-11-28 09:22:44 AM  
Am I the only one who immediately tried to look for the missing side, to escape?
 
2012-11-28 09:52:05 AM  
Works fine for me.
Anyone know WHY there is a near perfect hexagon at Saturns north pole?
 
2012-11-28 10:00:47 AM  

duckpoopy: I realize that pop science has a place in culture, but writing like "This is just wow" dumbs it down a little too far.


At least she didn't say it's embiggenly cromulently wowserino zaboinga.

Also, that hexagon is so bizarre. Who would have imagined?
 
2012-11-28 10:19:13 AM  

duckpoopy: I realize that pop science has a place in culture, but writing like "This is just wow" dumbs it down a little too far.


Let me try!

That image is spectacular, and all credit to the talented engineers who allowed it to be taken.

/Better?
 
2012-11-28 10:33:09 AM  

Ostman: duckpoopy: I realize that pop science has a place in culture, but writing like "This is just wow" dumbs it down a little too far.

Let me try!

That image is spectacular, and all credit to the talented engineers who allowed it to be taken.

/Better?


No. No one thanks engineers. Swears at stupid designs, but no one can EVER thank them
 
2012-11-28 11:05:35 AM  

RedVentrue: Anyone know WHY there is a near perfect hexagon at Saturns north pole?


God put it there. Now stop asking questions about the universe you exist in and read this old book instead.
 
2012-11-28 11:06:00 AM  
Wow. Just.... beautiful!
 
2012-11-28 11:18:27 AM  
The coolest part about the hexagon is how it can be explained with fluid mechanics, and demonstrated in small scale.
 
2012-11-28 11:38:16 AM  

RedVentrue: Works fine for me.
Anyone know WHY there is a near perfect hexagon at Saturns north pole?


I was curious too, found this: SATURN'S NORTH POLE HEXAGON MYSTERY SOLVED? 

To answer the article's (unnecessarily bolded) headline, yes.
 
2012-11-28 11:47:02 AM  
Only on the north pole, Sub
 
2012-11-28 12:00:46 PM  
planetary.s3.amazonaws.com

What the heck is up with her neck?
 
2012-11-28 12:03:46 PM  

togaman5000: RedVentrue: Works fine for me.
Anyone know WHY there is a near perfect hexagon at Saturns north pole?

I was curious too, found this: SATURN'S NORTH POLE HEXAGON MYSTERY SOLVED? 

To answer the article's (unnecessarily bolded) headline, yes.


I love how one field discovers something, then another field goes for years investigating a phenomenon, not knowing some other discipline already has a plausible answer that can be applied to it, and then *bam*, they meet, and it's awesome.
 
2012-11-28 12:05:13 PM  

Alex Sanders: [planetary.s3.amazonaws.com image 167x167]

What the heck is up with her neck?


She's looking for Obi Wan
 
2012-11-28 12:11:26 PM  

Alex Sanders: [planetary.s3.amazonaws.com image 167x167]

What the heck is up with her neck?


Perfect for choking on a D.
 
2012-11-28 12:42:31 PM  
Wow, they really are hexagonal.

If there were aliens on Saturn I wonder if they'd be having the debate of whether or not the polar rings were getting more and more hexagonal each year.

/global hexing
 
2012-11-28 01:59:12 PM  

Alex Sanders: [planetary.s3.amazonaws.com image 167x167]

What the heck is up with her neck?


She's likely a Cardassian spy!
 
2012-11-28 03:12:15 PM  
img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk
 
2012-11-28 04:30:44 PM  
This thing is a hexagon.

/feeling old-school today.
 
2012-11-29 07:19:34 AM  

Superjew: RedVentrue: Anyone know WHY there is a near perfect hexagon at Saturns north pole?

God put it there. Now stop asking questions about the universe you exist in and read this old book instead.


All hail the HexaToad!
 
2012-11-29 09:32:28 AM  
battlestarrevealed.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-11-29 09:33:31 PM  
In the lower right of the pole image, what's that thing in the clouds that looks like a giant Kzinti eye?
 
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