4th April 2011 : Note on the rings of Jupiter and Saturn

When comets pass by Jupiter and Saturn, the debris from the comet tail impacts with the ring system of each of the planets and knocks the ring particles they impact out of alignment. This gives the rings a corrugated metal appearance until they go back into alignment. Jupiter’s rings are effected by comets many times every decade while the rings of Saturn are effected a few times each century. By looking at the rings, we can then see a historical record of  when comets passed Jupiter and Saturn.

~ by sydneystargazers on April 4, 2011.

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