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Saturn's famous hexagon may tower above the clouds

4 Sep 2018, 09:00 UTC
Saturn's famous hexagon may tower above the clouds NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The long-lived international Cassini mission has revealed a surprising feature emerging at Saturn's northern pole as it nears summertime: a warming, high-altitude vortex with a hexagonal shape, akin to the famous hexagon seen deeper down in Saturn's clouds. This suggests that the lower-altitude hexagon may influence what happens up above, and that it could be a towering structure spanning hundreds of kilometres in height.

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