Sounds of Saturn

“There is not perhaps another object in the heavens that presents us with such a variety of extraordinary phenomena as the planet Saturn” (Sir William Herschel, 1805)
“There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres”. (Pythagoras)

The renowned clarity of our night skies out here in the Red Rock Country of Northern Arizona gives rise to a fair amount of amateur and professional sky-watching adventures. While we have our share of local enthusiasts, many of our hotels and resorts also have telescopes available for visitors to enjoy the many splendors of a star-studded desert firmament. Our local library hosts monthly star parties, open to anyone with interest; amateur and professional astronomers are on hand to guide a tour of the heavens above, as well as showing highlights of ongoing and transient celestial events. Saturn is almost always a major attraction, and during thismid-summer month, it appears high in our western sky just after sunset, and then sets around midnight.

Among many mysteries surrounding the sixth planet out from our Sun, is the unlikely presence of a large, rotating, hexagonal cloud formation, circling its north pole. You can read all about this in greater detail on the NASA website: This massive, hexagonal, honeycomb-shaped feature, four times the size of Earth, 60 miles deep and 15,000 miles wide, was first discovered by the Voyager I and 2 spacecraft over two decades ago. More recent images sent back by the Cassini–Huygens mission, confirm an ongoing presence of this strange hexagonal circumpolar hurricane formation, with its six nearly equal, straight sides, spinning at a rate of over 300 MPH. To date, no similar phenomenon has been discovered on any other celestial body.

Since clouds have not been known to form hexagonal shapes and then maintain these structures; as their edges orbit the center, we are most definitely faced with a major celestial mystery. While NASA has yet to come forth with a credible hypothesis, Natural News journalist , Mike Adams has had an insight which might shed some light and possibly open yet another dimension to those ancient astrological beliefs involving “planetary vibrations”. Adams posits that this spectacular gas giant’s spinning polar hexagon is an entirely natural formation that involves the field of Cymatics. (Mike Adams,

Cymatics, from the Greek word for “wave”, “is the study of sounds and other vibrations made visible.” The fact that vibrating particles can, and predictably do, form various geometric shapes, (long known within the realm of sacred geometry), which change along with various sonic frequencies, has been recognized for thousands of years. In Africa, for example, there were and still are, ancient rituals for divination involving drum rhythms and the resultant geometric sand patterning. It is also interesting to note that while Renaissance astronomer, Galileo appears to have been the first to discover the rings of Saturn, he was also among the earliest to record an observation in 1632 that oscillating bodies display clearly visible, geometrically regular patterns.

More recently, Swiss medical doctor and Anthroposophist, Hans Jenny undertook extensive research devoted to documenting Cymatic phenomena. The first volume of his work, Cymatics, appeared in 1967 and then a second volume was published during the year that he died in 1972. Dr. Jenny’s relatively easy to duplicate experiments, recorded on 16mm film, have now been made available on a DVD entitled” Cymatic SoundScapes: Bringing Matter to Life with Sound”. (

While we are more or less on the subject of what might be considered “cosmological vibrations”, and if this topic is of interest, you might want to have a look at German mathematician and musician Hans Costos scholarly work : “ The Cosmic Octave: Origin of Harmony, Planets, Tones, Colors, the Powers of Inherent Vibrations”. It is important to note that Saturn and its rings really do emit sounds and the planet is now known to be a source of intense radio transmissions. Scientists at the University of Iowa have been analyzing these decidedly eerie sounds gathered by the Cassini spacecraft, known as Saturn kilometric radiations, generated along the planet’s northern and southern poles similar in some ways to Earth’s northern and southern lights. The actual sounds of Saturn and other celestial bodies are available on the internet and I like the version posted by Jennifer Ouellette on

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