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The eye of Sauron... er, Saturn
March 27, 2007 12:41 PM   Subscribe

Riddle: What has an eye on the bottom, and a hexagon on the top? [ answer inside ]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) (26 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Why, it's Saturn, of course!
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 12:42 PM on March 27, 2007


Info related to Saturn's fascinating geometry.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 12:45 PM on March 27, 2007


So the interior of Saturn contains a one-eyed elder god. And he's upside down, and his hexagonal ass is starting to push through the top. Great. He is gonna be so pissed when he gets out.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 12:52 PM on March 27, 2007


Wonderful, the angry corpse of a vengeful Titan wants to consume all of us.
posted by solistrato at 12:56 PM on March 27, 2007



[this is awesome]
posted by boo_radley at 12:57 PM on March 27, 2007


Cassini has been taking awesome, AWEsome pictures of Saturn. Todays's APOD is also way cool.
posted by WolfDaddy at 1:10 PM on March 27, 2007


Nah, the contractor installed Saturn all wrong. The hex nut is supposed to be on the bottom and flush so you can’t feel it. I’ll go get my metric wrenches and be right back.
(2nd, er, 3rd on awesome)
posted by Smedleyman at 1:32 PM on March 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hexagons? Does it also say "Wilson" on the side?
posted by bondcliff at 1:36 PM on March 27, 2007


Is it weird that I expected the answer to be "I don't know either, but it's crawling up your back?"
posted by cerebus19 at 2:16 PM on March 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


Wow....Doesn't it almost look like the atmosphere of Saturn is being sucked in at the south pole, going through the entire planet along the axis (perhaps dividing and reuniting around a solid core), and then being ejected at the north pole forcefully enough to generate a polygon just like the polygons in the spinning buckets in Chinese Jet Pilot's fascinating link?
posted by jamjam at 2:27 PM on March 27, 2007


Beautiful. The universe never ceases to cause wonderment.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:30 PM on March 27, 2007


Hmmm... could you get an effect like that if you had a (not necessarily solid, but at least denser) core which was spinning faster than the atmosphere above it because the atmosphere is being slowed down by tidal effects from a moon (Eceladus?)?

In that scenario, the analogy with the spinning bucket is almost complete, with the spinning core acting just like the spinning metal plate in the bucket, which is spinning around faster than the water above it.
posted by jamjam at 2:42 PM on March 27, 2007


I for one, welcome our new evil eye of sauron/saturn overlord.
posted by macmac at 2:50 PM on March 27, 2007


Nah, the contractor installed Saturn all wrong. The hex nut is supposed to be on the bottom and flush so you can’t feel it.

Looks like the drain plug of Hell.
posted by IronLizard at 2:56 PM on March 27, 2007


Looks like the drain plug of Hell.

It is.
posted by Alex404 at 2:58 PM on March 27, 2007 [2 favorites]


the "eye" link looks kinda like a colonoscopy, no?
posted by vronsky at 3:28 PM on March 27, 2007


the "eye" link looks kinda like a colonoscopy, no?

Someone is going to photoshop a pair of hands on the side of that now, aren't they.
posted by IronLizard at 3:31 PM on March 27, 2007 [2 favorites]


Clearly, it's an umbrella.
posted by DenOfSizer at 4:35 PM on March 27, 2007


Further, slightly batshitinsane scientific reading on the subject here.

In our late 1990's analysis of the Saturnian aurora activation, we suggested in our presentation's animations, that the N-space 5D circular ring (according to hyperdimensional physic's notion of a spinning sphere linked to a 5th topological dimension, signified by a circle fingerprint on that spheres poles) — as the tracings of the iso-octahedron. Which we then called the "inter-octahedron" (not knowing the Santilli Hadron physics iso-symmetries then), as the core center of the Vortexijah iso-symmetrical tetrahedron wheels. In fact the iso-octahedron, as it is angled within the Vortexijah iso-tetrahedron wheel disk (Vortexijah Star Ship lense). Thus, not only the 6D n-space hexagonal signature, but an illumined 5D N-space illumination was being inaugurated, by a hyper-diamond geometry (iso-octahedron), activating a 1000% toroidal plasma field for Saturn.

Um, yeah, so we're just looking at the 6D n-space hexagonal signature now. Just wait until NASA can get us pictures of the rest!!!
posted by Bugg at 5:13 PM on March 27, 2007


I think Jeb Bush should immediately declare an extreme fucking state of emergency on Saturn so we can get her all of the federal funding she needs in order to recover from this horrendous disaster.

I'm enacting a Saturn Relief Fund. Please send all donations directly to me so that I can reallocate them to the appropriate recipients.
posted by inconsequentialist at 6:11 PM on March 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


A Wave Dynamical Interpretation of Saturn's Polar Hexagon (abstract)
posted by exlotuseater at 8:17 PM on March 27, 2007


What has an eye on the bottom,

A priest!

and a hexagon on the top?

Umm. A priest with a hexagon through him?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:42 PM on March 27, 2007


No, wait!

A priest with an Allen key through him!
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:41 PM on March 27, 2007


I want to make a Battlestar Galactica reference, but it would spoil things, so I'll just be the fourth to say "awesome!"
posted by thecaddy at 9:46 PM on March 27, 2007


Love it!
posted by Many bubbles at 12:18 AM on March 28, 2007


As always Hoagland has the REAL TRUTH.
posted by oh pollo! at 2:31 AM on March 28, 2007


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