“The Voyager discoveries, such as the beautiful structure in Saturn’s rings, our first views of Saturn’s moons close up, Titan’s hazy atmosphere, and the mysterious Saturn hexagon.* Each set of tantalizing pictures left me with a sense of wanting to see more.”
Yes Linda, we know the feeling. If it is not Saturn Returning, then it’s us feeling compelled to go back and…Wait a minute – the fuqing what?
The complex icy terrain and chic rings that ensure Saturn is the most branded planet are one thing but a mysterious hexagon? Intrigued, I investigated. Okay, fine – I googled it.
Saturn’s hexagon is actually a permanent storm over the planet’s “North pole.”
It is the equivalent size to two earths and scientists are baffled as when they first got close enough to photograph it in 2012, it was blue but when they went back in 2017, it was golden.
Perhaps it changes color every Saturn sign change? Hexagons are big in beehives – arguably the pinnacle of natural design genius – torques, structural engineering, the geometry of snowflakes and sacred mathematics.
So of COURSE Saturn has a permanent storm in the shape of a hexagram. With Saturn turning Retro over the weekend, perhaps some of you can relate to the highly calibrated storm metaphor? It was very Saturnine.