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It’s that Doggone Hexagon

April 9, 2013

honeycombDo you guys know what you get when you pack bubbles of the same size in as tightly as you can?  Well, you get Hexagons.  That is one of nature’s most stable structures derived from spheres that minimizes space.  Just ask our friend the honeybee, for that is how he constructs his honeycomb.

Hexagons are naturally occurring shapes in a spherical world. When you take round objects of the same size and pack them together one of the first feature that forms is a hexagon. It is made of 7 circles, one in the middle and 6 surrounding. The next ring will be 12 circles but that ring is not a stable ring. If you build a wall with hexagons in mind the structure is strong. If you don’t, by not confining your pattern to 7 stones, allowing a third ring to be placed, a structural weakness is present and the wall falls down.

ball-hexagonIf you take two sheets of clear glass or plastic separated by about one-half inch, soak them in soapy solution and then blow bubbles between the sheets, you will get many bubble walls. If you look closely, you will notice that all of the vertices where three bubble walls meet (and there are always three,) form 120 degree angles. If your bubbles are of uniform size, you will notice that the cells form hexagons and start to look much like the cells of a beehive. Bees, like bubbles, try to be as efficient as possible when making the comb. They want to use the minimum possible amount of wax to get the job done. Hexagonal cells are the ticket.

Bubbles of uneven sizes will form similar polygons, only with different number of sides as you can see below in the photos

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So can you guess what you get if you launch gravitational and radiational (is that a new word?) “bubbles” of quantum micro black holes at celestial objects at sub/relativistic speeds, many of them orbiting for awhile?  Well, nature would tell you that you should get hexagons.  Do you know what you get?  That’s right hexagons…

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Saturn’s moon Mimas Hexagonal Crater

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Hexagonal Mars Craters

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Triple Bubble Trouble

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Hexagonal Craters

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Hexagonal Barringer Crater on Earth

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Hexagonal Mercury Craters


I hope you can see there is a better answer than a bunch of asteroids crashing into these celestial objects and creating beautiful geometric patterns. The good news is that THESE ARE NOT IMPACT CRATERS with the resulting huge life-ending explosions.  This is vacuum energy triggering sinkholes and it is very subtle, but persistent.  It will gradually collapse and ionize anything in its orbital path.  It will also condense and cool its gaseous surroundings.

Godspeed

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Copyright 2012 Stewart D. Simonson All Rights Reserved

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