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New images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal a giant cyclone at Saturn's north pole, and show that a similarly monstrous cyclone churning at Saturn's south pole is powered by Earth-like storm patterns.
This cyclone is surrounded by an odd, honeycombed-shaped hexagon, which itself does not seem to move while the clouds within it whip around at high speeds, also greater than 500 kilometers per hour (300 miles per hour). Oddly, neither the fast-moving clouds inside the hexagon nor this new cyclone seem to disrupt the six-sided hexagon.
"The satellites have found evidence for magnetic ropes connecting Earth's upper atmosphere directly to the Sun," says Dave Sibeck, project scientist for the mission at the Goddard Space Flight Center. "We believe that solar wind particles flow in along these ropes, providing energy for geomagnetic storms and auroras."
A "magnetic rope" is a twisted bundle of magnetic fields organized much like the twisted hemp of a mariner's rope. Spacecraft have detected hints of these ropes before, but a single spacecraft is insufficient to map their 3D structure. THEMIS's five satellites were able to perform the feat.
Originally posted by LoneWeasel
I've seen this story around before, I'm sure. I think the hexagon stuff is absolutely fascinating. It's true that we see geometric shapes in nature everywhere - but in weather systems?? Can anyone think of any instance of a similar occurence in Earth's weather systems?
Anyone who says "the Bermuda triangle" should lose 100000 points instantly...
I genuinely believe this is one of the most interesting phenomena we have come across in the solar system. I hope it gets investigated further.
Originally posted by ElectroMagnetic Multivers
reply to franspeakfree:
I have heard of a similar thing, although, it wasn't directly linked to weather, but it is a geometric grid, mapped over the world, using platonic solids. Apparently, the grid correlates with many ancient monuments around the world. One of the theories, was it was used to draw the earths natural energy. (sorry for off-topic)