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Saturn’s mysterious hexagon crown moves into the sunlight as 30-year winter ends | Mail Online

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

(Mail Online) – Stunning images of the intriguing hexagon shape crowning Saturn have been captured by Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft.

Scientists have waited nearly 30 years for the Sun to illuminate the ringed planet’s north pole, which heralds the arrival of spring on Saturn.

It has allowed them to take the most detailed pictures yet of the hexagon phenomenon, which has a diameter wider than two Earths. The images, taken from 475,000 miles away, have revealed concentric circles, curlicues, walls and streamers within the hexagon.

via Saturn’s mysterious hexagon crown moves into the sunlight as 30-year winter ends | Mail Online.

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