Astronomers using a giant telescope atop a volcano have discovered a hot spot at the tip of Saturn's south pole.Finally!
''If the increased southern temperatures are solely the result of seasonality, then the temperature should increase gradually with increasing latitude, but it doesn't,'' [Glenn S.] Orton, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said. ''We see that the temperature increases abruptly by several degrees near 70 degrees south and again at 87 degrees south.
''A really hot thing within a couple degrees of the pole is something I don't understand at all,'' he said.
It's that damned monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey!
"Open the pod bay door, HAL! It's time to boogie!"