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Cassini Captures Best View Yet of Saturn's Ring Current
12.12.07
 
Artist Concept of Particle Population in Saturn's Magnetosphere This is an artist's concept of the Saturnian plasma sheet based on data from Cassini magnetospheric imaging instrument. Image credit: NASA/JPL/JHUAPL
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Scientists have gotten their best "look" ever at the invisible ring of energetic ions trapped in Saturn's giant magnetic field, finding that it is asymmetric and dynamic, unlike similar rings that appear around Earth. These results are published in the Dec. 13 issue of the journal Nature.

Read the full release at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physcis Laboratory at http://www.jhuapl.edu/newscenter/pressreleases/2007/071212.asp
 
 
Carolina Martinez 818-354-9382
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
carolina.martinez@jpl.nasa.gov