Photo of the Day – 18th of March 2014

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Saturn’s north pole hexagon by NASA

From Wikipedia….

Ana Aguiar and others of Oxford University’s Department of Physics have theorized that the hexagon forms where there is a steep latitudinal gradient in the speed of the atmospheric winds in Saturn’s atmosphere.

Similar regular shapes were created in the laboratory when a circular tank of liquid was rotated at different speeds at its centre and periphery. The most common shape was six sided , but shapes from two to eight sided were also produced. The shapes form in an area of turbulent flow between the two different rotating fluid bodies with dissimilar speeds.

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