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Plasma Changes at Saturn

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 08:48 AM

'Tis the Season -- for Plasma Changes at Saturn


www.nasa.gov said:

Researchers working with data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have discovered one way the bubble of charged particles around Saturn -- known as the magnetosphere -- changes with the planet's seasons. The finding provides an important clue for solving a riddle about the planet's naturally occurring radio signal. The results might also help scientists better understand variations in Earth's magnetosphere and Van Allen radiation belts, which affect a variety of activities at Earth, ranging from space flight safety to satellite and cell phone communications.

The paper, just published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, is led by Tim Kennelly, an undergraduate physics and astronomy major at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, who is working with Cassini's radio and plasma wave science team.  

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Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 04 May 2013 - 09:18 AM.
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