How Prometheus creates structure in Saturn's F ring

@article{Murray2005HowPC,
  title={How Prometheus creates structure in Saturn's F ring},
  author={Carl D. Murray and Carlos Ch{\'a}vez and Kevin Beurle and Nick Cooper and Michael W. Evans and Joseph A. Burns and Carolyn C. Porco},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={437},
  pages={1326-1329}
}
Images of Saturn's narrow and contorted F ring returned by the Cassini spacecraft have revealed phenomena not previously detected in any planetary ring system. The perturbing effect of the inner shepherding satellite, Prometheus, seems to introduce channels through the F ring and a ‘streamer’—a line of particles that link the ring to the satellite. The detailed mechanism for the formation of these features has been lacking an explanation. Here we show that these phenomena can be understood in… CONTINUE READING

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