Charged water particles flow into the Saturnian atmosphere from the planet’s rings

 
Charged water particles flow into the Saturnian atmosphere from the planet's rings

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/University of Leicester

This artist’s concept illustrates how charged water particles flow into the Saturnian atmosphere from the planet’s rings, causing a reduction in atmospheric brightness. The observations were made with the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, with NASA funding. The analysis was led by the University of Leicester, England.

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