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POWERFUL ELECTRIC CURRENTS LINK SATURN WITH ITS MOON ENCELADUS

 
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POWERFUL ELECTRIC CURRENTS LINK SATURN WITH ITS MOON ENCELADUS
Beams of electrons link Saturn with its moon Enceladus

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed that Enceladus, one of Saturn's diminutive moons, is linked to Saturn by powerful electrical currents - beams of electrons that flow back and forth between the planet and moon. The finding is part of a paper published in Nature today.
Since Cassini's arrival at Saturn in 2004 it has passed 500km-wide Enceladus 14 times, gradually discovering more of its secrets on each visit. Research has found that jets of gas and icy grains emanate from the south pole of Enceladus, which become electrically charged and form an ionosphere. The motion of Enceladus and its ionosphere through the magnetic bubble that surrounds Saturn acts like a dynamo, setting up the newly-discovered current system.

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Scientists already knew that the giant planet Jupiter is linked to three of its moons by charged current systems set up by the satellites orbiting inside its giant magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere, and that these current systems form glowing spots in the planet's upper atmosphere. The latest discovery at Enceladus shows that similar processes take place at the Saturnian system too.

The detection of the beams was made by the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer's electron spectrometer, CAPS-ELS, the design and building of which was led at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory. UCL co-authors of the Nature paper, Dr Geraint Jones and Professor Andrew Coates, are delighted with this new finding.

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Re: POWERFUL ELECTRIC CURRENTS LINK SATURN WITH ITS MOON ENCELADUS
Two days and it's Saturnday
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Re: POWERFUL ELECTRIC CURRENTS LINK SATURN WITH ITS MOON ENCELADUS
As the earth is connected to the sun by current sheaths.
As the sun is connected to the galactic neighborhood.
And so on.
Google Electric Universe. Cool stuff.
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Re: POWERFUL ELECTRIC CURRENTS LINK SATURN WITH ITS MOON ENCELADUS
bump

Good find!


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Re: POWERFUL ELECTRIC CURRENTS LINK SATURN WITH ITS MOON ENCELADUS
Very cool. Is out moon within our magnetosphere? If so, it may be or already be...ahem...connected similarly.

And what does that mean to our local environment? Interesting stuff!

Thanks Nexus





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