Saturn's Gravitational Field, Internal Rotation, and Interior Structure

  title={Saturn's Gravitational Field, Internal Rotation, and Interior Structure},
  author={J. Anderson and G. Schubert},
  pages={1384 - 1387}
  • J. Anderson, G. Schubert
  • Published 2007
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Science
  • Saturn's internal rotation period is unknown, though it must be less than 10 hours, 39 minutes, and 22 seconds, as derived from magnetic field plus kilometric radiation data. By using the Cassini spacecraft's gravitational data, along with Pioneer and Voyager radio occultation and wind data, we obtain a rotation period of 10 hours, 32 minutes, and 35 ± 13 seconds. This more rapid spin implies slower equatorial wind speeds on Saturn than previously assumed, and the winds at higher latitudes flow… CONTINUE READING
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