The Planet Saturn Just Changed Color And Nobody Knows Why

In case you don’t have enough things to overthink and freak out about, this just in… Saturn changed colors?

Saturn’s North Pole is known as a hexagonal vortex that is large enough to swallow our planet hole. It is a beautiful and ever changing mystery.

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The hexagon was first discovered by scientists in 1988 and is about 20,000 miles wide and 60 miles deep. With a churning storm at its bottom, nothing like it has been discovered before.

Appearing blue when studied in 2012, the hexagon is now taking on an orangish hue.

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Scientists speculate that this change in color could be related to a number of things, but nothing too drastic.

One theory links the color change to Saturn’s seasonal changes, while another theory believes that the color change is the effect of photochemical hazes. ‘The color change is thought to be an effect of Saturn’s seasons. In particular, the change from a bluish color to a more golden hue may be due to the increased production of photochemical hazes in the atmosphere as the north pole approaches summer solstice in May 2017,’ explains NASA.

Though it seems like something we should be more concerned about, it looks like the color changes on Saturn are natural and are only furthering our research and exploration of the universe.

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