Kenya Foy
Updated Feb 28, 2017 @ 5:22 pm
Spokes, those ghostly radial markings on Saturn's B ring
Credit: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

And now for our daily dose of space news: A new photo of Saturn shows the famous hexagon that surrounds the ringed planet’s north pole, and needless to say, it’s quite an amazing sight. Before anyone goes down a rabbit hole of alien-related theories on the origin of this six-sided geometric phenomenon, Saturn’s hexagon is a jet stream.

According to, scientists first discovered the giant structure in 1988. At nearly 20,000 miles (!) wide, the hexagon descends to a depth of nearly 60 miles into Saturn’s atmosphere.

The new image of the mysterious hexagon on Saturn’s north pole comes courtesy of the Cassini spacecraft, which snapped the photo with its wide-angle camera from a distance of approximately 619,000 miles.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Photojournal describes the objects that orbit the planet’s unusual north pole, which is home to a massive hurricane.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

Ah, we cannot get enough of these incredible space #views.

In case you need to play a bit of catch-up on the latest planetary happenings, the ringed planet made headlines earlier this month when NASA released a collection of gorgeous images of Saturn’s rings in unprecedented detail. More recently, the administration announced its discovery of seven Earth-like planets.