SkyTour Radio Presents: Rings And Things: The Saturn Show
Sunday, July 8th, 2018
In this week’s episode of SkyTour Radio, we take a second look at exoplanet J1407 band, its debris ring, in our weekly exoplanet round up, which leads to our in depth discussion of Saturn. We talk about the formation of the gas giant, its moons and make up and delve into the possibilities it may hold for the future of space exploration.
J1397 is orbited by j1497b, which is thought to be either a large gas giant planet or a brown dwarf with an immense ring system.
The existence and parameters of the ring system around the sub-stellar companion J1407b were deduced from the observation of a very long and complex eclipse of the parent star lasting 56 days during April and May 2007.
J1407b has been referred to as a “Saturn on steroids” or “Super Saturn” due to its massive system of circumplanetary rings with a radius of approximately 90 million km(0.6 AU)
Saturn’s interior is probably composed of a core of iron–nickel and rock (silicon andoxygen compounds). This core is surrounded by a deep layer of metallic hydrogen, an intermediate layer of liquid hydrogen and liquid helium, and finally a gaseous outer layer. Saturn has a pale yellow hue due to ammonia crystals in its upper atmosphere.
Electrical current within the metallic hydrogen layer is thought to give rise to Saturn’s planetary magnetic field, which is weaker than Earth’s, but has a magnetic moment 580 times that of Earth due to Saturn’s larger size.
The planet’s most famous feature is its prominent ring system that is composed mostly of ice particles, with a smaller amount of rocky debris and dust. At least 62 moons areknown to orbit Saturn, of which 53 are officially named. This does not include the hundreds of moonlets in the rings.
Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, and the second-largest in the Solar System, is larger than the planet Mercury, although less massive, and is the only moon in the Solar System to have a substantial atmosphere.
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