[extropy-chat] re: Raw Saturn ring images ready

Amara Graps amara at amara.com
Thu Jul 1 18:58:31 UTC 2004

Mike Lorrey:
>This image:

>is extremely curious. The spiralling waves appear to be the
>dissolution of spokes,

No, spokes are probably dust electromagnetically lifted off of the
rings (a process called 'dust levitation').

>or is this an effect of frame dragging?

I could be wrong since I don't know the sequencing of
the ring images, but that image looks like a high resolution
Encke Gap image  with the wavy edges gravitationally affected
by Pan.

Pan, the moonlet, was discovered in that gap in old Voyager
data by  Mark Showalter in 1990. See:




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