Usually the storms are circular in shape, but have you heard of hexagon storm?, the answer is of course “NO“. If you haven’t seen one just take a look at the image above. This is Saturn’s famous Hexagon storm.
Saturn is a gas giant and is located 1.46 billion kms away from earth. Saturn’s core is composed of iron-nickel and has 11,700o C temperature at core. The storm is located about 78o at north pole. The side of hexagon is 14,500 kilometre long. This hexagon was discovered in 1981 during Voyage Mission and was later revisited in 2006 by Cassini- Huygens. This hexagon is present at north pole and at south pole there is a vortex.
A massive hurricane can be seen at center of the pole, the eye of the hurricane is 50 times bigger then the hurricanes eye on the earth. You can see small cyclones at the sides within the hexagon.
Colour View Of Saturn’s Hexagon
This above moving image is a high resolution movie, it is captured by Cassini’s imaging cameras. This movie is made by combining 128 images, For over 10 hours 8 frames of movie were captured. Each eight frame consists of 16 map projected images. In the above movie you can see a hexagonal jet stream and the hurricane within it.
Between the year 2012 to 2016 the hexagon changed its colour from blue to golden. Layer of haze can be seen in the image, each layer of haze is 7 to 18 kilometres thick. These layers are composed of tiny particles, each particle is about one micrometre in size.