Monday, December 14, 2009

Picture of the day

From Wired Science comes a look at a cosmic mystery unfolding in our own galaxy. Behold, the hexagonal jetstream of Saturn's north pole! It's wider than two earths, has existed for decades, and has somehow combined the atmosphere, meteorology, and geometry in a way that isn't sleep inducing.

What causes it: A really precise wind God? Sandworms? Aliens? Is Saturn a big goatse fan? Hydrogen... cumulo... nimboid... docdeca... weather... scienceology? No one knows. But if you're ever near Saturn you should swing by and check it out.

Wired also has an animation of it in action.

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