Sunday, February 18, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Internal heat fuels Saturn's jet streams

Posted on Wednesday, 27 June, 2012 | Comment icon 1 comment | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


Image credit: NASA

 
Scientists believe they have solved the mystery of what is powering Saturn's turbulent jet streams.

On Earth the jet streams are caused by a combination of the planet's rotation and solar radiation, but on Saturn it is now believed that the jet streams which churn the gas giant's turbulent atmosphere are fueled by heat generated within the planet itself. Scientists used photographs and data from the orbiting Cassini spacecraft to reach this conclusion.

"We know the atmospheres of planets such as Saturn and Jupiter can get their energy from only two places: the sun or the internal heating," said NASA's Tony Del Genio. "The challenge has been coming up with ways to use the data so that we can tell the difference."

"Turbulent jet streams, regions where winds blow faster than in other places, churn east and west across Saturn."

  View: Full article

 Source: NASA


  Discuss: View comments (1)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by csspwns on 28 June, 2012, 1:59
i acctually thot it came from the sun but i guess i was wrong D:




Please Login or Register to post a comment.




  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6111946
261128
173344

 
Man gets trapped down a sewer for three days
2-17-2018
The unfortunate man spent several days scrambling around the sewerage system looking for a way out.
How would mankind react to finding aliens ?
2-17-2018
Researchers believe that humanity would be more likely to welcome than fear the discovery of alien life.
Underpants mystery baffles French village
2-16-2018
Someone has been hanging underpants out across a village square in France and nobody seems to know why.
Andromeda is comparable in size to Milky Way
2-16-2018
It turns out that our closest neighboring galaxy is not the behemoth that scientists had previously thought it to be.
Other news in this category
Andromeda is comparable in size to Milky Way
Posted 2-16-2018 | 2 comments
It turns out that our closest neighboring galaxy is not the behemoth that scientists had previously thought it to be....
 
Earth photographed from 62 million km away
Posted 2-15-2018 | 5 comments
NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe has captured a stunning new image of the Earth against the blackness of space....
 
Probe takes farthest ever images from Earth
Posted 2-12-2018 | 2 comments
NASA's New Horizons probe has made history again by capturing images 3.79 billion miles from the Earth....
 
'Alien visitor' asteroid had a violent past
Posted 2-12-2018 | 9 comments
The space rock known as 'Oumuamua is thought to have been tumbling around chaotically for billions of years....
 
ISS could end up being privatized after 2024
Posted 2-11-2018 | 11 comments
Rather than being discontinued, the International Space Station could be turned in to a commercial venture....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ