10 – Saturn’s Mandalas

Mandalas on Saturn by NASA’s Cassini Solstice Mission

Now that we’re 10 days into the “Mandala of the Day” blog, it’s seems only right to define the word mandala.

The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. – from Mandala Project web site

With that in mind I present today’s Mandala of the Dayfrom space: a view from the Cassini spacecraft showing one of Saturn’s poles (NASA’s Cassini Solstice Mission).

According to NASA the winds at Saturn’s equator are so strong and constant, “they form distinct belts and zones which encircle the planet’s pole, as well as its famous hexagon. These zonal winds spin off swirls and eddies, which are significant storms in their own right.”

Along with these zones forming mandalas, the planet itself can be considered a mandala.

Happy Coloring!

If you would like your mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read how on the Participate page. It’s easy!

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