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The hexagon shape is the path of a jet stream flowing around the north pole, and new images reveal concentric circles, curlicues, walls and streamers not seen in previous images. Much to the delight and bafflement of Cassini scientists, the location and shape of the hexagon in the latest images match up with what they saw in the Voyager pictures.
"The longevity of the hexagon makes this something special, given that weather on Earth lasts on the order of weeks," said Kunio Sayanagi, from the Cassini imaging team. "It's a mystery on par with the strange weather conditions that give rise to the long-lived Great Red Spot of Jupiter."
But what causes the hexagon? Scientists aren't quite sure. Particularly intriguing is where it gets and expels its energy and how it has stayed so organized for so long. The Cassini team plans to search the new images for clues, taking an especially close look at the newly identified waves that radiate from the corners of the hexagon — where the jet takes its hardest turns — and the multi-walled structure that extends to the top of Saturn's cloud layer in each of the hexagon's six sides. There's also the a large dark spot that appeared in a different position in a previous infrared image from Cassini. In the latest images, the spot appears in the 2 o'clock position.
Originally posted by Dogdish
So, is it at the same latitude as Jupiter's spot?
What I mean to say, is this in line with what Hoaxland says?
But what causes the hexagon? Scientists aren't quite sure.
Originally posted by Exuberant1
Edit: As this sort of stuff gets mistaken for being serious, I shall add that I'm acting in jest with this post. I'm acting in jest.