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Gigabyte
2009-Aug-10, 04:48 PM
Like the fist of an angry god? (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/08/09/like-the-fist-of-an-angry-god/)

"Clearly, something awesome and amazing happened here."

Jerry
2009-Aug-10, 05:44 PM
As Phil pointed out, you would not expect a cohesive hydrostatic bulge in the ring in the near vacuum of Saturn's rings. But you would expect some electrostatic clinging. Amazing photograph: Good work, Cassini.

Nick Theodorakis
2009-Aug-10, 06:45 PM
Sorry! My bad. I should be more careful with my Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

Nick

Jerry
2009-Aug-11, 11:45 PM
Sorry! My bad. I should be more careful with my Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

Nick

It says right in the manual "Not an appropriate toy for children under the age of twelve."

PetersCreek
2009-Aug-11, 11:54 PM
It says right in the manual "Not an appropriate toy for children under the age of twelve."

Yes...but "age of twelve" in what system?

Glom
2009-Aug-15, 05:38 PM
What's Saturn magnetic field like? Could that have something to do with it? The ring particles have some charge don't they?

jami cat
2009-Aug-16, 03:46 PM
Don't taunt happy fun comet... :p

Rhaedas
2009-Aug-16, 06:50 PM
What's Saturn magnetic field like? Could that have something to do with it? The ring particles have some charge don't they?

The problem I see with that is if it were true, we should see more occurrences. Whereas, if it was a body disturbing the area, it would be a rarer event.

Fiery Phoenix
2009-Aug-19, 05:47 PM
I'm not very sure what that is, but all I can think of is some sort of abrupt collision, although it does sound like a long shot. It could also be something that zipped through, something heavy and fast, and as it passed through the ring it pulled material with it.

I'd love updates on this.

Gigabyte
2009-Aug-19, 05:50 PM
What's Saturn magnetic field like?

It is awesome!!

Did you know that Jupiter's magnetic field interacts with Saturn's when they are lined up right?

Rhaedas
2009-Aug-19, 06:49 PM
Certainly everything affects everything else to degrees, but given that Saturn is about as far away from Jupiter as Jupiter is from the Sun when they are closest, how much can they interact?

Gigabyte
2009-Aug-19, 08:12 PM
Jupiter has a really really really big magnetic field.

matthewota
2009-Aug-19, 09:02 PM
It is awesome!!

Did you know that Jupiter's magnetic field interacts with Saturn's when they are lined up right?

Can you link some more information about that?

Gigabyte
2009-Aug-19, 09:49 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetosphere_of_Jupiter

matthewota
2009-Aug-19, 11:09 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetosphere_of_Jupiter

Actually, this (http://www.igpp.ucla.edu/people/mkivelson/Publications/279-Ch24.pdf) is a better link. I found the Wikipedia article helpful though, as it took me to the original paper. Thanks...

matthewota
2009-Aug-19, 11:23 PM
Somebody assembled raw images from Cassini when Saturn was at Equinox. The processed image has not been made yet but this is a great preview. The ring plane was passing right through the plane of the Sun at this time.

megrfl
2009-Oct-05, 07:51 PM
Like the fist of an angry god? (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/08/09/like-the-fist-of-an-angry-god/)

"Clearly, something awesome and amazing happened here."

Answers are in, right here --> http://www.bautforum.com/universe-today-story-comments/94495-amazing-ring-ripples.html

Glom
2009-Oct-05, 07:54 PM
Remember in WALL-E when he passed through the rings of Uranus and reached up to disturb them and they formed a vortex, like it was in the ocean rather than in space?

Jerry
2009-Oct-06, 11:43 PM
After looking at the image again, the explanation may be quite simple; knocking a few particles about in a very Newtonian way, AND a few shadows.