NASA has just shown a more detailed picture of the hexagonal vortex/storm on Saturn:
Is that theoretically understood what is the cause behind this eye-catching nontrivial, regular yet not circular, shape? If so, what is the cause? I expect some explanation in terms of "nonlinear equations" of "mathematical physics" and "solitons".
P.S. (added a day after this question and the first answer was posted): On my blog where I posted the same question, people came up with some articles and phrases like "Rossby waves" and "resonance of latitude-dependence Coriolis frequency".
This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-07 05:15 (UCT), posted by SE-user Luboš Motl