The magnetic field of saturn: pioneer 11 observations.

  title={The magnetic field of saturn: pioneer 11 observations.},
  author={Mario H. Acuna and Norman F. Ness},
  volume={207 4429},
The intrinsic magnetic field of Saturn measured by the high-field fluxgate magnetometer is much weaker than expected. An analysis of preliminary data combined with the preliminary trajectory yield a model for the main planetary field which is a simple centered dipole of moment 0.20 +/- 0.01 gauss-Rs(3) = 4.3 +/- 0.2 x 10(28) gauss-cm(3) (1 Rs = 1 Saturn radius = 60,000 km). The polarity is opposite that of Earth, and, surprisingly, the tilt is small, within 2 degrees +/- 1 degrees of the… CONTINUE READING