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Listen: Sound of Electromagnetic Energy Moving Between Saturn, Enceladus

9 Jul 2018, 19:07 UTC
Listen: Sound of Electromagnetic Energy Moving Between Saturn, Enceladus NASA/JPL-Caltech

New research from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's up-close Grand Finale orbits shows a surprisingly powerful and dynamic interaction of plasma waves moving from Saturn to its rings and its moon Enceladus. The observations show for the first time that the waves travel on magnetic field lines connecting Saturn directly to Enceladus. The field lines are like an electrical circuit between the two bodies, with energy flowing back and forth.

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