Usually, the storms are circular in shape, but have you heard of hexagon storms?, 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 km away from earth. Saturn’s core is composed of iron-nickel and has 11,700oC temperature at core. The storm is located about 78o at the north pole. The side of the hexagon is 14,500 kilometers long. This hexagon was discovered in 1981 during Voyage Mission and was later revisited in 2006 by Cassini- Huygens. This hexagon is present at the north pole and at the south pole, there is a vortex.
A massive hurricane can be seen at the center of the pole, the eye of the hurricane is 50 times bigger than the hurricane’s eye on the earth. You can see small cyclones at the sides of the hexagon.
Colour View Of Saturn’s Hexagon
The 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 the movie were captured. Each eighth 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 years 2012 to 2016, the hexagon changed its color from blue to golden. A layer of haze can be seen in the image, each layer of haze is 7 to 18 kilometers thick. These layers are composed of tiny particles, each particle is about one micrometer in size.