Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A universe of wonder. What's next? A monolith?

Here is a amazing snapshot from the Cassini spacecraft as it flew by Saturn's north pole recently. This hexagon is over 15,000 miles across (over 2 Earths wide) and scientists have no prior reference for the phenomenon let alone an explanation for it.

Here is a brief animation in infrared of the incredible planetary feature:

Click me to animate!

1 comment:

Chavo said...

won·der /ˈwʌndər/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[wuhn-der] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–verb (used without object) 1. to think or speculate curiously: to wonder about the origin of the solar system.
2. to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel (often fol. by at): He wondered at her composure in such a crisis.

I've been thinking about "wonder" for a long time. It's a wonderful word (no pun intended).

Awe, admiration. It's all there when we look up, or even across the horizon, or down. Wonder is all around us. We just have to pay attention.