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Photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

This Hubble Space Telescope view resolves a hexagonal pattern around Saturn’s north pole, a stable and persistent wind feature discovered during the Voyager flyby in 1981. The planet’s magnificent ring system is also on full display.

Facts of interest about the image

Famous for its series of stunning rings, Saturn has fascinated astronomers for centuries. In addition to the rings, this image features a strange and mysterious six-sided wind pattern at the planet’s north pole, nicknamed “the hexagon." It also shows the remnants of a disintegrating storm. This portrait of Saturn is the first image of the planet taken as part of the Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) project.

 

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