the photos are here
Saturn’s northern aurora glows bluish- green in this color-coded infrared image.
Scientists say the northern lights on Saturn are unlike anything they’ve ever seen, on Earth or elsewhere in the solar system. Infrared imagery from the Cassini orbiter, accompanies research published in the journal Nature, only adds to the mystery at the top of the ringed planet.
Saturn’s north pole is already home to a bizarre six-sided cyclone that planetary scientists haven’t yet figured out. That observation marked the first time a hexagon had been seen in atmospheric patterns.
One of the most bizarre weather patterns in the solar system has been photographed at Saturn, where astronomers have spotted a huge, six-sided feature circling the north pole.
Rather than the normally sinuous cloud structures seen on all planets that have atmospheres, this thing is a hexagon.
The honeycomb feature has been seen before. NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft imaged it more than two decades ago. Now, having spotted it with the Cassini spacecraft, scientists conclude it is a long-lasting oddity.
“This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides,” Kevin Baines, atmospheric expert and member of Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said Tuesday in an image advisory. “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.”
The hexagon is nearly 15,000 miles (25,000 kilometers) across. Nearly four Earths could fit inside it. The thermal imagery shows that the hexagon extends about 60 miles (100 kilometers) down into the clouds.
At Saturn’s south pole, Cassini recently spotted a freaky eyelike feature that resembles a hurricane.
“It’s amazing to see such striking differences on opposite ends of Saturn’s poles,” said Bob Brown, team leader of the Cassini visual and infrared mapping spectrometer at the University of Arizona. “At the south pole we have what appears to be a hurricane with a giant eye, and at the north pole of Saturn we have this geometric feature, which is completely different.”
The hexagon appears to have remained fixed with Saturn’s rotation rate and axis since first glimpsed by Voyager 26 years ago. The actual rotation rate of Saturn is still uncertain, which means nobody knows exactly how long the planet’s day is.
“Once we understand its dynamical nature, this long-lived, deep-seated polar hexagon may give us a clue to the true rotation rate of the deep atmosphere and perhaps the interior,” Baines said.
The hexagon can’t be seen in Cassini’s visible-light imagery because the area is currently in darkness during Saturn’s 15-year polar night — but the thermal signature shows up clearly in the infrared views, captured during a 12-day period last October and November.
In the next couple of years, lighting conditions may change enough for the hexagon to show up in visible-light views, NASA said.
The northern auroral displays, monitored by Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, also go against the conventional wisdom.
Concerning the influence of Saturn :
Saturn flows the energy of kindness and giving . These powers can be used for bad or Good. Their ultimate result from Saturn is either folly or true wisdom. Saturn is called “the most elevated”. It also influences for destruction, ruin, death, affliction, weeping, grief. These are the most negative or positive influences for providence. Its energy flows through black stones as marble or onyx. Among plants Aloe manifests its healing energy. It flows also through cinnamon. On the negative side is included all poison plants. Its energy flow from the Carob tree and lentil bean.
Saturn heavily influences the mental faculties. The ability to use worlds. It is involved in isolation from other humans. Saturn communicates the power to dominate others.
By the Power the God flows through Saturn Divine secrets become revealed and Knowledge concerning the worship of the God. In it is the power of “fear”. In it is the power to discover hidden treasures. Those things which require great work and yield great rewards. It is over the flow of poverty. Things hidden in the body of man. By Saturn’s energy one can become crazy of attain “Supernal Wisdom”. Its day is
The Sabbath as it says in the Bible “And Moses gathered all the congregation of the people of Israel together, and said to them, These are the words which the Yhv”h has commanded, that you should do them. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a sabbath of rest to Yhv’H (the Lord)”
This is based on “The Beginning of Wisdom” by Avraham Ibn Ezra and other sources