AAS Day 1: Cassini & the Saturnian Rings

AAS Day 1: Cassini & the Saturnian Rings

Cassini entered orbit around Saturn in 2004 after a roughly 7 year journey through the solar system. For 5.5 years it has weaved through the Saturn system, in an orbit that has carried it near the moons and over the plane of the disk. Through all of its imaging it has done a whole myriad of science, but at the core of this body of work has been the pursuit of information regarding how are the rings maintained and how do the evolve over time. From observing Enceladus’s geysers feeding the G ring, to the discovery of Daphnis in the Keeler gap, this mission is opening the door to new objects, new physics, and new understanding. Understanding all this data requires modeling how ring material – generally too small to image with Cassini’s many meter...

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