John Stuart Reid's hypothesis that explains the giant hexagonal cloud formation on Saturn
as cymatic geometry created by a sub-E.L.F. (Extremely Low Frequency) sonic source.

A massive eruptive event, possibly a giant geyser, sends a continuous stream of sub-Extremely Low Frequency sonic energy toward the surface of Saturn. This energy triggers convection currents within the ice particle band resulting in the formation of an immense circular palisade. When the sub-E.L.F. energy reaches the outer layers of the atmosphere (in the region of the methane and heliumclouds) it rushes outward in all directions, reaching the palisade after a journey time of several hours; there the sonic energy is reflected back toward the epicenter. In the region between the epicenter and palisade the reflected energy is partially neutralized by the sub-E.L.F. sonic energy traveling outward, stabilizing into hexagonal geometry, which is one of the archetypal cymatic forms. The frequency of the sonic energy and the dimensions of the palisade are the prime factors in determining the shape of the nodal (low pressure) area in which clouds form what may be nature's largest cymatic feature.

Cymatics at the Smithsonian

In 2012 we were asked by Deborah Stokes, curator for education at the Smithsonian, if it would be possible to image some 'songs of stars' for their African Cosmos Stellar Arts exhibition which was planned to run through to December 9th 2012. We were delighted to have been asked. Their exhibition, which was a great success with adults and young people was an important milestone for the CymaScope and it will help the instrument gain acceptance as a useful scientific tool.

The atomic processes within the atomic furnace of stars create sounds as a result of the high-energy collisions between atomic particles. These sounds cause the starlight to vary minutely, tiny modulations that can be detected by sensitive instrumentation, then demodulated, recreating the original sounds in the laboratory. Analysis of the star sounds can help asteroseismologists gain a better understanding of the atomic processes with a given star.

The star sound files were fed into a CymaScope, which makes the periodicities in the sounds visible by imprinting them on the surface of ultra pure water, thus transcribing the sound periodicities to periodic wavelets, effectively rendering the sounds visible. The CymaScope imagery was captured on-camera and sent to James Stuart Reid who provided colorization and titles. The completed videos were then sent to the Smithsonian where Michael Briggs used them to create the "Star Station," a booth where visitors experienced the star-sounds-made-visible, the first time such an exhibit has been achieved. Visitor reaction to the Star Station was very positive and children, in particular, loved it. Inspiring children to explore the field of cymatics is an important part of our ethos.

The Smithsonian web site article is here:

The 'star station' in the Smithsonian:

The Song of the Stars Made Visible

One of the many applications for the CymaScope lies in making visible sounds from the interior of the earth, planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies.

All sounds have structure when manifest on a membrane and by making the structure visible on the surface of water the nature of the geometry can help scientists understand the processes at work within planetary and celestial bodies

Stanford University, in collaboration with the ESA and NASA, are studying the physics of the Sun both deep within its core and in its outer corona and solar wind regions,via the SOHO spacecraft data.

SOHO, which stands for "Solar and Heliospheric Observatory," was built in Europe by a team led by prime contractor Matra Marconi Space under overall management by ESA and was launched on December 2, 1995. The twelve instruments on board were provided by European and American scientists. NASA was responsible for the launch and is now responsible for mission operations. Large radio dishes around the world, which form NASA's Deep Space Network, are used for data downlink and commanding. Mission control is based at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

The Stanford web site carries the full story together with some of the sounds captured by the SOHO spacecraft:

The following video, posted with permission, was created by Stanford University and explains the basic concepts of the song of the sun.

The video includes computer-modeled images that show sound bubbles within the sun's outer regions.

Computer-modeled images showing sound bubbles within the sun's outer regions have imaged one of the SOHO sounds on the CymaScope. We were pleased to discover that our result confirms the bubble-like structures in the sun's outer regions. The CymaScope image shows 28 bubbles against 34 shown in the Stanford model.