NASA shares image of massive ‘Hexagon’ on Saturn

Posted on: 6:35 pm, December 6, 2013, by and

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided your multicolored space distraction of the day: images of a swirling, six-sided weather feature on the surface of Saturn.

Scientists say the “Hexagon,” the formation’s working title at NASA, is unlike anything they’ve seen elsewhere.

They say the feature is “turbulent and unstable,” packing 200-mph winds. That’s nearly 50 mph stronger than the wind speed required for a Category 5 hurricane.

“A hurricane on Earth typically lasts a week, but this has been here for decades — and who knows — maybe centuries,” said Andrew Ingersoll, a Cassini team member at the California Institute of Technology.