Parasol Rings

Credit: NASA/JPL/GSFC/Oxford University

There's an interesting article at the Cassini website about just how much of a cooling effect the shadow cast by Saturn's rings has. Given that the shadow falls - almost by definition - on the winter hemisphere, this may go some way towards explaining the differences observed between Saturn's top and bottom, not least the striking blue hue first observed by Cassini in the wintry north.

Read it here.

1 comment:

Zhoen said...

Astrometeorolgists, gotta be smarter than brain surgeons or rocket scientists.