Skip to comments.Cassini's first surprise: Saturn's magnetic field unlike Earth's
Posted on 06/29/2004 10:26:23 PM PDT by LibWhacker
Ringed planet's poles are on either side of its equator
Pasadena -- The spacecraft called Cassini, now little more than a million miles from Saturn, is already establishing that the mysterious ringed planet's magnetic field is bizarrely unlike Earth's -- and more surprises are sure to come.
Cassini's interplanetary course is to carry it Wednesday night into the first of 76 orbits around Saturn to begin its four-year mission, and scientists are awaiting that first close-in encounter with some anxiety.
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Fascinating. I wonder how the rings are situated relative to the equator.
I blame it on the rings. Yeah, it's those rings.
Here's crossing my fingers it makes it through the rings without hitting anything!
This is not new at all. Back in 25 years ago, when the Pioneer 11 flied by Saturn, we already measured the highly axisysmetric magnetic field of Saturn. The later flybys by Voyager 1 in 1980 and Voyager 2 in 1981 also confirmed this unique feature of Saturn's field.
This is of course of the interests of planetary dynamo scientists and make it extremely difficult to define Saturn's rotation period based on the non-axisysmetic field modulation.
The newly returned data from SOI shows almost the same field structure as we left 25 years ago. All internal field parameters remains the same ( the zonal coefficinets) and still very small non-axisysmetric field.
And there is actually a failure with the magnetic field measurements. There are two magnetometers onboard Cassini, Fluxgate (FGM) and Vector helium ( VHM), however due to some human being mistakes, the VHM was forgot to turn on during the most valuable SOI. So only FGM returned data.
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NYT: COLLAPSE OF THE EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD ACCELERATES (Via Drudge)
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Collapse of Magnetic Field Accelerates
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Posted on 07/12/2004 7:44:32 PM PDT by Cheetah1
Note: this topic is from 6/29/2004. Thanks LibWhacker.