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Thu, May. 10th, 2007, 12:37 pm
creepy giant crystalline entity lumbering around our sun

am i the only one who missed Saturn's hexagon?

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2007-034


Thu, May. 10th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
obliterati

Arthur C. Clarke mentioned an old Nature article in one of his books which described the core of Jupiter as a giant diamond, because the pressure was so intense that carbon was compressed into it's smallest possible shape (or I think it was carbon inside jupiter in the article).

In the Space Odyssey series a pyramid on Io was later found to be a shard from the crystal that broke away when Jupiter exploded.

It's interesting that the shape is hexagonal, as Saturn was probably the sixth giant body from the sun at one point. Or maybe it still is if the asteroid belt could be considered it's own special thing.

The polar activity of something as big as Saturn would be zapping ions down into a heavily compressed, perhaps crystalline core, and weather patterns could easily mold to that shape.

Thu, May. 10th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
holyloki

Uh, Saturn is the sixth body, not including the asteroid belt:

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn.

Just like you to forget your home.

Thu, May. 17th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
obliterati

Home is where the harm is.

Thu, May. 10th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
patrick

I read that article you linked back in april. Very interesting!

Thu, May. 10th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
holyloki

someone else must have linked it before. this article was published on mar 27th, which is why i asked if i was the only one who missed it.

Thu, May. 10th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
patrick

I'm thinking I saw it via the Astronomy Picture of the Day, but I could be wrong. I'm kind of a junkie for science blogs and that could have come from anywhere.