8A50.60 - Saturn

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Planets of the Solar System
Area of Study:
Solar System
Video and Web Images.

Many good videos and web images are available from the Voyager and Cassini spacecraft missions.  Use those that are appropriate for your session.

  • "A Saturnian Hurricane", Physics Today, Vol. 66, #6, June 2013, p. 72.
  • Robert L. Merlino and John A. Goree, "Dusty Plasmas in the Laboratory, Industry, and Space", Physics Today, Vol. 57, #7, July 2004, p. 32.
  • Tristan Guillot, "Probing the Giant Planets", Physics Today, Vol. 57, #4, Apr. 2004, p. 63.
  • Matthew S. Tiscareno, Philip D. Nicholson, Jeffrey N. Cuzzi, Linda J. Spilker, Carl D. Murray, Matthew M. Hedman, Joshua E. Colwell, Joseph A. Burns, Shawn M. Brooks, Roger N. Clark, Nicholas J. Cooper, Estelle Deau, Cecile Ferrari, Gianrico Filacchione, Richard G. Jerousek, Stéphane Le Mouélic, Ryuji Morishima, Stu Pilorz, Sébastien Rodriguez, Mark R. Showalter, Sarah V. Badman, Emily J. Baker, Bonnie J. Buratti, Kevin H. Baines, and Christophe Sotin, "Close-Range Remote Sensing of Saturn's Rings During Cassini's Ring-Grazing Orbits and Grand Finale", Science, Vol. 364, #6445, June 2019, p. 1054.
  • B. J. Buratti, P. C. Thomas, E. Roussos, C. Howett, M. Seiß, A. R. Hendrix, P. Helfenstein, R. H. Brown, R. N. Clark, T. Denk, G. Filacchione, H. Hoffmann, G. H. Jones, N. Khawaja, P. Kollmann, N. Krupp, J. Lunine, T. W. Momary, C. Paranicas, F. Postberg, M. Sachse, F. Spahn, J. Spencer, R. Srama, T. Albin, K. H. Baines, M. Ciarniello, T. Economou, H.-W. Hsu, S. Kempf, S. M. Krimigis, D. Mitchell, G. Moragas-Klostermeyer, P. D. Nicholson, C. C. Porco, H. Rosenberg, J. Simolka, and L. A. Soderblom, "Close Cassini Flybys of Saturn’s Ring Moons Pan, Daphnis, Atlas, Pandora, and Epimetheus", Science, Vol. 364, #6445, June 2019, p. 1053.
  • L. Iess, B. Militzer, Y. Kaspi, P. Nicholson, D. Durante, P. Racioppa, A. Anabtawi, E. Galanti, W. Hubbard, M. J. Mariani, P. Tortora, S. Wahl, and M. Zannoni, "Measurement and Implications of Saturn's Gravity Field and Ring Mass", Science, Vol. 364, #6445, June 2019, p. 1052.
  • Linda Spilker, "Cassini-Huygens' Exploration of the Saturn System: 13 Years of Discovery", Science, Vol. 364, #6445, June 2019, p. 1046.
  • Shigeru Ida, "The Origin of Saturn's Rings and Moons", Science, Vol. 364, #6445, June 2019, p. 1028.
  • Paul Voosen, "Dueling Spacecraft Look Deep into Saturn and Jupiter", Science, Vol. 363, #6424, Jan. 2019, p. 214.
  • J. H. Waite Jr., R. S. Perryman, M. E. Perry, K. E. Miller, J. Bell, T. E. Cravens, C. R. Glein, J. Grimes, M. Hedman, J. Cuzzi, T. Brockwell, B. Teolis, L. Moore, D. G. Mitchell, A. Persoon, W. S. Kurth, J.-E. Wahlund, M. Morooka, L. Z. Hadid, S. Chocron, J. Walker, A. Nagy, R. Yelle, S. Ledvina, R. Johnson, W. Tseng, O. J. Tucker, and W.-H. Ip, "Chemical Interactions Between Saturn’s Atmosphere and its Rings", Science, Vol. 362, #6410, Oct. 2018, p. 51.
  • D. G. Mitchell, M. E. Perry, D. C. Hamilton, J. H. Westlake, P. Kollmann, H. T. Smith, J. F. Carbary, J. H. Waite Jr., R. Perryman, H.-W. Hsu, J.-E. Wahlund, M. W. Morooka, L. Z. Hadid, A. M. Persoon, and W. S. Kurth, "Dust Grains Fall From Saturn's D-Ring into its Equatorial Upper Atmosphere", Science, Vol. 362, #6410, Oct. 2018, p. 50.
  • Hsiang-Wen Hsu, Jürgen Schmidt, Sascha Kempf, Frank Postberg, Georg Moragas-Klostermeyer, Martin Seiß, Holger Hoffmann, Marcia Burton, ShengYi Ye, William S. Kurth, Mihály Horányi, Nozair Khawaja, Frank Spahn, Daniel Schirdewahn, James O’Donoghue, Luke Moore, Jeff Cuzzi, Geraint H. Jones, and Ralf Srama, "In Situ Collection of Dust Grains Falling from Saturn’s Rings Into its Atmosphere", Science, Vol. 362, #6410, Oct. 2018, p. 49.
  • L. Lamy, P. Zarka, B. Cecconi, R. Prangé, W. S. Kurth, G. Hospodarsky, A. Persoon, M. Morooka, J.-E. Wahlund, and G. J. Hunt, "The Low-Frequency Source of Saturn’s Kilometric Radiation", Science, Vol. 362, #6410, Oct. 2018, p. 48.
  • E. Roussos, P. Kollmann, N. Krupp, A. Kotova, L. Regoli, C. Paranicas, D. G. Mitchell, S. M. Krimigis, D. Hamilton, P. Brandt, J. Carbary, S. Christon, K. Dialynas, I. Dandouras, M. E. Hill, W. H. Ip, G. H. Jones, S. Livi, B. H. Mauk, B. Palmaerts, E. C. Roelof, A. Rymer, N. Sergis, and H. T. Smith, "A Radiation Belt of Energetic Protons Located Between Saturn and its Rings", Science, Vol. 362, #6410, Oct. 2018, p. 47.
  • Michele K. Dougherty, Hao Cao, Krishan K. Khurana, Gregory J. Hunt, Gabrielle Provan, Stephen Kellock, Marcia E. Burton, Thomas A. Burk, Emma J. Bunce, Stanley W. H. Cowley, Margaret G. Kivelson, Christopher T. Russell, and David J. Southwood, "Saturn's Magnetic Field Revealed by the Cassini Grand Finale", Science, Vol. 362, #6410, Oct. 2018, p. 46.
  • Keith T. Smith, "Diving Within Saturn's Rings", Science, Vol. 362, Oct. 2018, p. 44.
  • Paul Voosen, "Saturn's Rings are Solar System Newcomers", Science, Vol. 358, #6370, Dec. 2017, p. 1513.
  • Michael Moyer, "Ringed Victory", Popular Science, Vol. 277, #6, June 2005, p. 82.
  • Janice VanCleave, "Planet Facts and Figures", A+ Projects in Astronomy, p. 193.
  • "The Riddles of Saturn", Readers Digest, Mar. 1981, p. 195 - 200.
  • Jeff Charis-Carlson, "Cassini Gave UI Scientists Front-Row Seat During 'Wildly Successful' Mission", Des Moines Register, 09/15/2017.
  • Kenneth Chang, "Cassini Vanishes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned", The New York Times, 09/14/2017.

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