GREENBELT, Md. – There has been a lot of interesting space news lately. The Pentagon speaks of the existence of “vehicles in the world.” NASA has discovered a solar system just like ours. And comet NEOWISE illuminates the night sky. If all else fails, NASA officials are now giving the world an amazing view of the sixth planet, Saturn.
Created by the Hubble Space Telescope, Saturn’s ice rings are clearly visible in the July 4 image. On the surface of the planet you can see clear colored stripes. The Hubble photo also captures two 82-month moons of Saturn. Mimas is visible to the right, and Enceladus is at the bottom of the stage 800 miles away.
Summer time on Saturn
The NASA team in Maryland says that summer time is currently in the northern hemisphere. Some scientists believe that this is the cause of the light red haze that covers Saturn. Excess heat can cause the removal of ice aerosols from the atmosphere.
It can also change the amount of photochemical mist produced. At the South Pole, Saturn seems to have a blue haze, probably because it̵7;s winter there.
“It’s amazing that even for a few years we’ve been seeing seasonal changes on Saturn,” Chief Investigator Amy Simon of the Goddard Space Flight Center said in a press release.
What are those iconic rings made of?
The authors of the new report also make new observations about the known rings of Saturn. They believe that the rings are mostly pieces of ice that range in size from small grains to large boulders. NASA says it’s unclear how and when Saturn’s rings formed, but that doesn’t stop scientists from proposing many different opinions about it.
Some astronomers believe that the rings date back to the planet’s birth more than four billion years ago. Others believe that the rings are younger because they are so bright. Opponents of this theory do not see how bright rings could have formed over the last few hundred million years.
“Measurements of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft with tiny grains raining into Saturn’s atmosphere suggest that the rings can only last 300 million years, which is one argument for the young age of the ring system,” said Michael Wong of the University of California. , Berkeley.
Hubble has been in space since 1990. Edwin Hubble’s namesake gained fame in the 1920s when he discovered galaxies outside the Milky Way at his observatory in California.
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