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The Enigma of Saturn's North-Polar Hexagon

@article{Marsh2017TheEO,
  title={The Enigma of Saturn's North-Polar Hexagon},
  author={Gerald E. Marsh},
  journal={arXiv: Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics},
  year={2017}
}
  • G. Marsh
  • Published 30 October 2017
  • Environmental Science, Physics
  • arXiv: Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics
It has been suggested that the north-polar hexagon found on Saturn is an unusual Rossby wave. If this is to be the case, one must not only explain how a Rossby wave can be hexagonal in shape, albeit with curved corners, but also why it is hexagonal rather than in the form of some other polygon. It is possible that a spectrum of Rossby waves with different amplitudes resulting from the velocity profile of the hexagonal jet could contribute to its shape. 

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