Maelstrom’s Edge!

Cassini has given us this new close-up of the outer edge of the bizarre and beautiful hexagon-shaped jet stream system at Saturn’s north pole, along with many smaller storms. Maybe ‘small’ isn’t quite the right the word. For a sense of scale: the entire Earth would fit inside the hexagon.

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Saturn's polar hexagon,

A close-up of the outer edge of Saturn’s polar hexagon, along with many smaller storms, taken on March 28, 2014 and received on Earth March 31. NASA / JPL / SSI / animation by Bill Dunford

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