Undertoad Wednesday Mar 28 09:50 AM
March 28, 2007: Hexagon on Saturn
Sheldonrs Wednesday Mar 28 10:20 AM
I don't know what it is but I'm sure we'll find a way to blow it up or exploit it's natural resources.
Sundae Wednesday Mar 28 11:38 AM
Last time I saw swirling skulls like that was after I'd sampled some interesting fungi
Sheldonrs Wednesday Mar 28 11:52 AM
TheMercenary Wednesday Mar 28 11:55 AM
Very cool, thanks for the link.
piercehawkeye45 Wednesday Mar 28 12:52 PM
I don't see the skull...
BigV Wednesday Mar 28 01:02 PM
milkfish Wednesday Mar 28 01:11 PM
Hand me a crescent wrench.
Shawnee123 Wednesday Mar 28 02:37 PM
The skull I see is a cartoonish sort of skull making an "ooooo" sort of face; it's also a bit monkey-like. It's at about the 225 of a compass.
glatt Wednesday Mar 28 02:45 PM
This is the skull I see. Alien skull.
zippyt Wednesday Mar 28 02:52 PM
So thats where they moved the Thunderdome to !!!
BobT Wednesday Mar 28 04:35 PM
What do you call a mushroom that takes you out and feeds you drinks?...... A fungi to be with.
OB Wednesday Mar 28 05:41 PM
*shivers* Some of those skulls remind me of Munch's "The Scream".
HungLikeJesus Wednesday Mar 28 06:13 PM
Happy Monkey Wednesday Mar 28 06:18 PM
Give me a wrench long enough and a lugnut on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
Elspode Wednesday Mar 28 07:28 PM
Didn't anyone see 2010? That's a big STOP sign...someone doesn't want us exploring any further out.
SteveDallas Wednesday Mar 28 07:54 PM
SydneyBoy Wednesday Mar 28 08:31 PM
No Steve, that skull IS a Jesus.
rkzenrage Wednesday Mar 28 08:50 PM
Hold my beer.
SteveDallas Wednesday Mar 28 08:54 PM
I wonder what the Velikovsky-ites are making of it.
milkfish Wednesday Mar 28 09:52 PM
Slight Thursday Mar 29 12:53 AM
My theory is that it is not a hexagon but instead a static sine wave of 6 wave lengths. We see it as a hexagon because it is mapped on a circle. I created this image using the polar coordinates filter in photoshop Attachment 12224
SPUCK Thursday Mar 29 04:47 AM
Nice! I agree.
Clodfobble Thursday Mar 29 09:03 AM
Slight that is an awesome explanation, thanks!
Flint Thursday Mar 29 09:36 AM
But what about the skulls?
elSicomoro Thursday Mar 29 09:55 AM
Well, this was an interesting conversation, until Slight got all serious and fucked it up...
SteveDallas Thursday Mar 29 10:06 AM
Wait, Photoshop has a polar coordinates filter? What's next? Path integrals?
milkfish Thursday Mar 29 02:32 PM
A skull filter.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Mar 29 03:58 PM
So what causes a 60 mile high sine wave around the pole? Does it extend to, or close to, the surface? Is the cloud mass greater, closer to the pole, causing a sine wave where the boundary lies?
BigV Thursday Mar 29 04:08 PM
It's not a sine wave. It's the result of the viscous fluid (the atmosphere) lagging behind the spinning container (the planet)*. The shape is a ... mathematical coincidence. Rather, our perception of some meaningful pattern is the coincidence. The shape is just the math and physics.
Clodfobble Thursday Mar 29 04:33 PM
But a sine wave is nothing but a shape too, really... it doesn't imply a specific medium or source or anything like that.
rkzenrage Thursday Mar 29 05:04 PM
Alien metal concert.
Cloud Thursday Mar 29 06:48 PM
love the skulls!
Undertoad Thursday Mar 29 09:06 PM
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Mar 29 11:45 PM
Is that why it's so big? I have 4 and 5 and 5.5 and gave 'em up for elements, because I'm to dumb to use all the stuff in the full size versions. Hell, I've been using elements for a couple years and just discovered it has talk bubbles. Duh
Kagen4o4 Tuesday Apr 3 06:46 AM
APoD finally got around to it. probably influenced by the cellar
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Apr 3 08:45 PM
The movie clip shows the inside and out side of the hex rotating at the same relative speed.
juggle5 Saturday Apr 7 11:46 AM
I think it's a polar jet stream. The earth's northern hemisphere jet stream often falls into stable 4-wave and 5-wave patterns lasting several weeks, 4-wave most common in summer and 5-wave in winter. My meteorology professor said that six and seven wave patterns happened but were very unstable. I guess a six wave pattern on Saturn is very stable.
milkfish Sunday Apr 8 11:56 AM
Does the Earth's northern hemisphere jet stream also have skulls in it? Like around Iceland?
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Apr 8 09:55 PM
Yes, although some are being used.
celina Tuesday Apr 10 08:12 PM
DanaC Tuesday Apr 10 08:31 PM
Fascinating. The sciencey stuff kind of lost me....I never could get my head around trig. I mean....doing some of the equations with a log book as per high school exercises I could just about manage, but I could never visualise what it was I was doing. I just followed the formula I'd been given. It was, and is, meaningless to me as applied to the real world.
Slight Thursday Apr 8 08:15 PM
I saw this Science article on /. that shows how to recreate this 6 wave pattern in the lab. I found this quote from the article quite telling about the fact that other people like @juggle5 have seen this stuff before: