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Best Views of Saturn Hexagon

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NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Obtains Best Views of Saturn Hexagon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn's north pole.

This is the first hexagon movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude. Spanning about 20,000 miles (30,000 kilometers) across, the hexagon is a wavy jet stream of 200-mile-per-hour winds (about 322 kilometers per hour) with a massive, rotating storm at the center. There is no weather feature exactly, consistently like this anywhere else in the solar system.

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Saturn's Unique Hexagon in Full View

New views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the unique six-sided jet stream around Saturn's north pole known as 'the hexagon.'

Credit: NASA/JPL

Source: NASA/JPL - Videos

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