Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

An Evolving View of Saturn's Dynamic Rings

Abstract : We review our understanding of Saturn's rings after nearly 6 years of observations by the Cassini spacecraft. Saturn's rings are composed mostly of water ice but also contain an undetermined reddish contaminant. The rings exhibit a range of structure across many spatial scales; some of this involves the interplay of the fluid nature and the self-gravity of innumerable orbiting centimeter- to meter-sized particles, and the effects of several peripheral and embedded moonlets, but much remains unexplained. A few aspects of ring structure change on time scales as short as days. It remains unclear whether the vigorous evolutionary processes to which the rings are subject imply a much younger age than that of the solar system. Processes on view at Saturn have parallels in circumstellar disks.
Complete list of metadata

Cited literature [76 references]  Display  Hide  Download
Contributor : Bruno Savelli Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Monday, March 18, 2019 - 1:50:14 PM
Last modification on : Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 4:26:04 PM
Long-term archiving on: : Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 5:36:21 PM


Files produced by the author(s)



J. N. Cuzzi, J. A. Burns, S. Charnoz, R. N. Clark, J. E. Colwell, et al.. An Evolving View of Saturn's Dynamic Rings. Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2010, 327 (5972), pp.1470-1475. ⟨10.1126/science.1179118⟩. ⟨cea-00865799⟩



Record views


Files downloads