It’s raining on Saturn!

Posted by er134 at Apr 11, 2013 11:37 AM |
A study led by the University of Leicester finds that charged-water "rain" from Saturn's rings falls across large swaths of the planet
It’s raining on Saturn!

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

A new study tracks the "rain" of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn and finds there is more of it and it falls across larger areas of the planet than previously thought.

The study, led by the University of Leicester with observations funded by NASA, reveals that the rain influences the composition and temperature structure of parts of Saturn's upper atmosphere.

James O’Donoghue is the paper’s lead author and a postgraduate researcher at the University of Leicester. The paper appears in this week's issue of the journal Nature here.

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