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Thursday, March 29, 2007

SATURN LIKES GEOMETRY



Have a good look at that image. Yeah--that's a crazy-ass storm on Saturn that is swirling AROUND a hexagon shape. Apparently it's been there for a while. Nobody knows what it is. It's more than twice as big as Earth.

That pretty much covers it.

However, if you'd like a more complicated explanation, here's a cutting from [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article_id=445117&in_page_id=1965|a March 28, 2007 article] at http://DailyMail.co.uk that makes it a bit more complicated sounding:
A mysterious giant hexagon lies above Saturn's north pole, captured by cameras on Nasa's Cassini Orbiter.

Spanning 25,000km - equivalent to the width of two planet Earths - the bizarre geometric feature appears to remain virtually still in the atmosphere as clouds swirl around it.

The infra-red images show the hexagon - which contains a smaller six-sided formation - extends about 60km down into the clouds.

The hexagon is similar to Earth's polar vortex, which has winds blowing in a circular pattern around the polar region. On Saturn, the vortex has a hexagonal shape.

The six-sided shape is in stark contrast to the swirling, hurricane-like vortex at Saturn's opposite pole.

The feature was first photographed more than 20 years ago by Nasa's Voyager 1 and 2 probes, but this is the first time the hexagon has been seen in one image.

The latest pictures were taken at nighttime using infra-red because the pole is currently in darkness and the red colour indicates the amount of heat being generated from inside the planet.

Kevin Baines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said: "This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides.

"We've never seen anything like this on any other planet. Indeed, Saturn's thick atmosphere where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate is perhaps the last place you'd expect to see such a six-sided geometric figure, yet there it is."


Crazy.

Perhaps we should, oh, I don't know, SEND A PERSON UP TO INVESTIGATE???

OH wait, we've already BLOWN $500 billion on a FUCKING USELESS WAR. God forbid we should spend some real cash on EXPANDING HUMAN KNOWLEDGE.

Nobody knows WTF that thing is up there, but thank God, 50,000 Al Qaeda chappies are being held at bay.

We are sooo dumb...

4 comments:

  1. Richard Hoagland is dragging ass on this one. I'm disappointed. I love reading the pscyho conspiracy theories he weaves around stuff like this.

    My theory? The USG has built a "shadow" Dept. of Defense on the ringed orb. Hence the pentagonal shape. Ha!

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  2. Dude, I already thought of that--the thing is it's HEXagonal, not PENTagonal. :(

    But yeah, man--I love Hoagland's stuff, too. The stuff about Katrina being a man-made storm that was used to target New Orleans was hilarious. What got even better was when he started talking about there being two factions fighting for control of the weather-creating technology.

    Sadly, he hasn't posted hardly anything on his website since that time. Really disappointing. Especially considering a few ounces of what he says are often genuine mysteries.

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  3. 'Drew! That's FRENCH! I LOVE IT WHEN YOU TYPE FRENCH!!

    MWAW MWAW MWAW MWAW MWAW MWAW MWAW MWAW mmmmmmMMWAW!

    Don't tell our wives about this! ;)

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