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Something Strange About Saturn

by S. Hayes, Nov 30, 2008

Theories behind the mysterious hexagon on the surface of Saturn.

Saturn, the sixth planet in our solar system, has caused quite a stir in the news recently when the NASA Cassini Orbiter photographed a six sided geometric shape on the surface of the planet.

The hexagon had been photographed by Voyager 1 in 1980, however, at the time, it was thought to be an anomaly, a random surface pattern that could not be sustained for any length of time.

The images below, illustrate the stark, and as yet, unexplained contrast between the opposite poles of Saturn.

The image (below) on the left, is the North Pole of Saturn - note the bizarre, defined hexagonal shape etched into the atmosphere. Clouds of ammonia race anti-clockwise along the straight edges of the hexagon at over 300 miles per hour, making the 60 degree turns at the edges. The hexagon is enormous, measuring over 25,000 km across (wide enough to fit four planet earths from edge to edge inside it).

The image on the right is the South Pole of Saturn (spookily resembling an eye) is a 5000 mile wide hurricane raging within the atmosphere. The estimated wind speed of the monster storm is 350 mph, with the pole locked at the centre. Jupiter's famed visible red spot is also a hurricane type storm - but it differs from the one on Saturn as it has no "eye". The eye on Saturn has allowed astronomers a glimpse into the lower layers of the atmosphere, but only to see a mysterious set of dark clouds at the bottom of the eye.

Just as Earth has Aurora's - the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights) and the Aurora Australis (Southern lights) - see the pictures below, Saturn has an aurora directly above the hexagon at the North pole. Aurora's are formed where the planet's magnetic field are weak, allowing charged particles from the solar wind to penetrate into the atmosphere.


Why a Hexagon?

NASA scientists have stated that they cannot identify the processes which formed and maintain the hexagon on Saturn's surface, it has them baffled.

Whether NASA scientists really are baffled - or simply unwilling to reveal the science will unfortunately also remain a mystery.

However, it has led many to speculate about the origin of the hexagon.

Hexagons are formed through natural processes on earth - the pictures demonstrate the honeycomb, the rock formation at the Fingals Cave and "The giant's causeway "in Ireland (see http://www.trifter.com/Europe/Fingals-Cave-and-the-Incredible-Architectural-Rock-Formations-of-Staffa.269721) and a magnified snowflake.

None of the processes which formed the hexagons in the pictures above can explain Saturn's appearance.

There are however a couple of interesting theories which may provide and answer

Theory 1 - C ymatics

Sound is essentially a resonance, a vibration and sound affects the energy it travels through, and any matter that it comes into contact with.

Those vibrations have a surprising effect - each musical note/pitch produces an individual geometric shape!

If rice or salt is sprinkled onto a metal sheet and a resonance introduced the geometric shapes can be observed.

Check it out on you-tube, this is one of many, many links:- http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=6wmFAwqQB0g&feature=related

Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland (featured in the book "The Da-Vinci Code" by Dan Brown) was built by the Knights Templar in 1477.

The chapel contains a number of stone blocks (shown in the pictures below) within its architecture. Each stone block has a different symbol, each symbol corresponds with a different musical note.

The stone masons literally recorded a hymn within the walls of the chapel with the use of cymatics which has been translated and played in the chapel.

Saturn is a classified as a planetary gas giant, with a core of rock and ice with an atmosphere comprised mainly of hydrogen and helium.

The theory that cymatic processes could have formed the bizarre hexagon within the atmosphere as a result of a localised resonance emanating from an as yet unknown source in the universe is an interesting one.


Theory 2 - Hyperdimensional Physics

This is a very complex theory, first mooted by 19th century scientists

In essence, hyperdimensional physics is based upon traditional mathematical and geometrical formulas which are then altered to introduce additional unseen dimensions where energy can be created or lost.

If you consider a traditional three dimensional cube, if you were to add a hypothetical fourth dimension, a hypercube is created. Follow this link to observe a hypercube http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:8-cell.gif  This is very, very freaky!

The theory is based upon the same assumption as string theory - ie our universe (and all matter within it) is essentially a mesh of connected, vibrating energy. Quantum physicists can observe vibration in electrons, which appear to oscillate in and out of existence - which led to theories of multiple dimensions (along with theories of multiple universes).

Within our solar system, planets appear to be capable of outputting (or loss of) far more energy than they absorb from their nearest sun (even after taking into account internal chemical / nuclear reactions) -leading to the conclusion that unseen dimensions exist from which, energy transfer can occur.

Hyperdimensional physics may go some way to explain the appearance of planetary processes which result in the appearance of odd geometrical patterns visible on their surfaces.

Hexagons on other planets!

Saturn is not the only planet where hexagons have appeared


The picture below shows the retreating polar ice cap on Mars - in the central and right image, a hexagon is visible.



A geometric shape, noted by NASA to be a "quasi-hexagon" has been photographed in Jupiter's northern hemisphere.

The hexagons remain the focus of continued scientific investigation, however, resolution may be a long time coming as they open up huge and complex questions about the entire universe and everything in it, from the smallest sub-atomic particle to the largest body of mass.




Copyright S. Hayes, Nov 30, 2008
Presented with permission of the author.


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