Saturn’s six-sided cloud pattern gets a close look

New images show particles in the planet’s hexagonally shaped jet stream

By Ashley Yeager, 17:12 PM December 6, 2013

Saturn’s strange six-sided cloud pattern has gotten its day in the sun.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped the highest-resolution images to date of the planet’s hexagonal jet stream, which fuels swirling, cloudy storms at the planet’s north pole. Because of recent changes in Saturn’s tilt that allowed the sun to shine on the region, astronomers were able to get a better view and understanding of the roughly 30,000-kilometer-wide cloud structure.

Using colored filters, the Cassini team identified...

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