The formation of Jupiter's faint rings

  title={The formation of Jupiter's faint rings},
  author={Burns and Showalter and Hamilton and Nicholson and I dePater and Ockert-Bell and Thomas},
  volume={284 5417},
  • Burns, Showalter, +4 authors Thomas
  • Published 1999
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Science
  • Observations by the Galileo spacecraft and the Keck telescope showed that Jupiter's outermost (gossamer) ring is actually two rings circumscribed by the orbits of the small satellites Amalthea and Thebe. The gossamer rings' unique morphology-especially the rectangular end profiles at the satellite's orbit and the enhanced intensities along the top and bottom edges of the rings-can be explained by collisional ejecta lost from the inclined satellites. The ejecta evolves inward under Poynting… CONTINUE READING

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