Thursday, March 18, 2010

Electric Weather On Kronos

Science Daily: Cassini Shows Saturnian Roller Derby, Strange Weather.

ScienceDaily (Mar. 18, 2010) — From our vantage point on Earth, Saturn may look like a peaceful orb with rings worthy of a carefully raked Zen garden, but NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been shadowing the gas giant long enough to see that the rings are a rough and tumble roller derby. It has also revealed that the planet itself roils with strange weather and shifting patterns of charged particles. Two review papers to be published in the March 19 issue of the journal Science synthesize Cassini's findings since arriving at Saturn in 2004.

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