• Team: The Skywalkers

  • Team: The Skywalkers

Year: 2016-17

Grade: 9-12

City: Maracaibo

Teachers: Alexis Mavarez, Franklin Araujo, Dacio Medrano, Euro Carruyo, Jorge Aldana, Eglee de Wilson, Ramon Azuaje, Nelson Portillo, Miguel Hernandez, and Lino Gomez


Target: Saturn's Hexagon

Team Members:

Jonar Jose Cubillan (team leader)     Inpeluz La Ciega, Maracaibo
Andrea Carolina Fajardo (team leader)     Unefa, Maracaibo
Estefany Angulo (team leader)     Unefa, Maracaibo
Luis Carlos Padron     El Nazareth, Maracaibo
Luis Daniel Martinez     Uru La Vereda, Maracaibo
Melissa Romero     Uru La Vereda - Maracaibo
Joasun Cubillan     Santiago Mariño - Maracaibo
Jocaris Cubillan     Romulo Gallegos - St.Juan Morros,Guarico
Blas Eduardo Pirela     Cecilio Acosta - Los Teques,Miranda
Edbert Jesus Cubillan     Nacional Sureste - Caracas, D.F.
Kristin Masiel Sanchez     Romulo Gallegos - St.Juan Morros, Guarico
Zulysaura Pirela     Cecilio Acosta - Los Teques, Miranda
Anunnziatta Savino     Antonio Ricaute - Cagua, Aragua
Yanmiver Jimenez     Superior Oriente, Pto. La Cruz,Anzoategui
Celina Urrutia     Instituto Latino, Maracaibo
Jose Leonardo Suarez     Antonio Jose Sucre, Maracaibo
Jonatan Irazabal     St. Wenceslao Casado - St.Sebastian Reyes, Aragua

"We chose this option because it intrigues us the possible explanations for the shape of the storm there,revealed through photography campaigns the prevalent one according to Oxford University scientists is that small perturbations caused by colliding air currents form polygonal shapes and that the location of shallow jet streams at cloud level help maintain the hexagon's shape.

As for color changes, Dr Carolyn Porco and other scientists theorized that the increased production of photochemical haze in the atmosphere due to exposure to sunlight during Saturn's winter, which lasted 7 years, served as a barrier that cleared haze and prevented aerosols entering the atmosphere.We tried to replicate conditions and components in Saturn's atmosphere to our best knowledge learned at school.

We placed a bowl over a spinning mechanism consisting of a plate and a coil which provided the electromagnetic field present in the planet's north pole.We poured 500ml sodium peroxide, 250ml of alcohol, 5ml ammonia and 20ml of motor oil.. illuminated with infrared light to incite a chemical reaction between the components. polygonal shapes were observed in the container center. during the experiment in which chlorine was added to the mix, more clearer and consistent shapes where observed acquiring a pinker tone with white shades around the edges and darker the center. The shape observed was spiral due the device's rotation.Hexagonal and heptagonal shapes where observed after the mechanism stopped, a hexagon was visible near the border of the bowl and other polygonal.

Overall, we believe Jpl"s discoveries that the phenomenon is caused by massive hurricane jet streams flowing throughout Saturn's atmosphere and its coloration is due to interactions with sunlight.Photographing it is of great use for scientific studies And projects planning of future supplies of clean fuels, and technology-based outposts. In this case such a hexagon belongs to the physicochemical structures of gaseous hydrocarbons, its large dimension in comparison to the structures we have studied is totally different at microbial dimensions of laboratories especially in chromatographic results, but in Saturn its different because of size, similar to the hydrocarbons studied in oil industry; its fluid mechanics not different to the chain of hydrocarbons that are in subsoil deposits.Photographing the hexagon till Cassinis end will contribute humanity new knowledge."

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