News Briefs 28-03-07

If the Saturn anomaly had been a rectangle of 1:4:9 we’d be building the spaceship to get there, but it is only a hexagon made of air that has persisted for at least 26 years. After taking off the Joo Janta spectacles, we might be inclined to think that solids are much more likely to take hexagon shapes than liquids or gases. And a solid hexagon circling Saturn’s north pole might just pique the curiosity of a few scientists just enough to dare to dream the impossible. Or is that asking too much?

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If the Saturn anomaly had been a rectangle of 1:4:9 we’d be building the spaceship to get there, but it is only a hexagon made of air that has persisted for at least 26 years. After taking off the Joo Janta spectacles, we might be inclined to think that solids are much more likely to take hexagon shapes than liquids or gases. And a solid hexagon circling Saturn’s north pole might just pique the curiosity of a few scientists just enough to dare to dream the impossible. Or is that asking too much?

Jameske

  1. Hex
    Is it a hexagon, or are NASA scientists imagining shapes in the clouds? I find the irony bemusing. If Richard Hoagland had been the first to publish the image, mainstream science would scoff, “It’s not an exact hexagon, just a vague shape caused by the data transfer of the image.”

    It’s definitely a hexagon though, which is mind-blowing. Makes one wonder about the Pythagoreans and their science.

    Eloquently written quote too, Jameske. 😉

    1. not hexagon
      It is definetely a six-sided shape. Whether it is regular I can’t tell depends on the perspertive. But it doesn’t have any corners of “vertices”. So I don’t think this is precisely a hexagon. The sides don’t look like equal length, but that could be distortion from perspective.

      Looks more like a combination of 6 round features feeding into each other. It looks dynamic to me.

      Also, as I have said before about this feature: there are 2 observations of this over the years. Over a period of some years (was it 26 or something?). How do we know that it is persistent over all this time? Perhaps it is reoccuring every 26 or 13 years. Or something close to that.

      Much to exptrapolate from a few hazy pictures.

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  2. Neat
    Man. I don’t know what force or entity is responsible for creating our solar system, but whatever it is it sure seems to have left a lot of geometry lying around.

  3. Saturn, Hexagons and Number Six
    The hexagon at Saturn’s north pole has inspired me to research Saturn’s mythology and connections with the number six.

    • The first idea that immediately springs to mind is Saturday — the sixth day of the week. It was on the sixth day of the week that Man was created, according to the Bible. Hebrew and Sumerian traditions state there were six days of creation.
    • Gaia and Uranus had six daughters and six sons: the Titans, of which Saturn (Kronus in Greek) was the first-born.
    • Hesiod tells us in his Theogony, that not only did Saturn devour all his children, but his wife Ops hid her sixth child on the island of Crete.
    • The feast of Saturn was originally one day, but was later changed to a week: a difference of six days (okay, this one is stretching things a bit!).
    • The Star of David and the Seal of Solomon are examples of the use of hexagon symbolism.

    Anyone have anything further to add?

    1. Saturnalia
      Hi Rick,

      There are several intersting Saturn connections here. Your mention of Hoagland in the comments is perhaps not coincidental – as he had published an amazing article a couple of years ago about Saturn’s moon Iapetus, dealing mostly with its peculiar equatorial ridge. You also link above a recent article, about that ridge being similar to geological concretions. And that article is from the Thunderbolts site, run by David Talbott, who wrote “the Saturn Myth”, about that planet’s mythological and cosmic significance. It all seems to be interconnected.

      Saturday was actually the *seventh* day of the week at first. Biblically it was the Day of Rest, which came after the Sixth Day, on which Man was created. Saturday was changed to be the sixth day by Emperor Constantine, who turned the pagan Sun’s day into the weekly feast. The Evangelical sect the Seventh Day Adventists believe this to have been the Great Apostasy prophesised in the Book of Revelations. Curiously, English is the only language to preserve the old Roman link with Saturn to this day – all the other Germanic as well as Latin-based languages call it after different derivations of “Sabbath”.

      Saturn was considered the “seventh” because it was the most distant of the visible “seven planetary bodies” (the five closest planets with the sun and the moon). As Chronos he was “Father Time” himself, bearing its merciless and unforgiving qualities. He was later supplanted by his son and planetary neighbor Jupiter, held to signify Justice and thus be more fair (:-). Jupiter would’ve been the “sixth” celestial body, as he indeed is said to have been Chronos’ sixth child, so there’s an interesting historical interchange between the six and seven here. Not clear how that relates to the hexagon foto though. Anyway Hoagland is sure to comment on it later, as he claims that all of Iapetus is composed of such “manufactured” plates, and is likely to view this as more evidence.

      Cheers,
      Sol

    2. 6 sided properties
      http://staff.imsa.edu/math/journal/volume4/webver/parahex.html

      The internal angles of a regular hexagon (one where all sides and all angles are equal) are all 120° and the hexagon has 720 degrees. Like squares and equilateral triangles, regular hexagons fit together without any gaps to tile the plane (three hexagons meeting at every vertex), and so are useful for constructing tessellations. The cells of a beehive honeycomb are hexagonal for this reason and because the shape makes efficient use of space and building materials. The Voronoi diagram of a regular triangular lattice is the honeycomb tessellation of hexagons. —————————–Truth is stranger than fiction.

      1. small correction
        This isn’t on a plane, it is on a sphere. At least approximately. So the angles are a little different.

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    1. You may be right!
      That’s very funny but quite clever Kathrinn! If the types of gases and the spin with temperature variance (thinking ice crystals/inversion/gravity here)
      plus accounting for the planets inherent properties, may explain it, so in a way your idea might very well be right. Love, Pam —————————–Truth is stranger than fiction.

      1. Agree
        That post is nothing to do with anything here, but just an advert link to a site.

        Can we get Greg or one of the other mods to take it down?

        yer ol’ pal,

        Xibalba
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