Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sounds of Saturn

Radio emissions from Saturn recorded by our Cassini spacecraft and played as audio. The radio signals are concentrated at the poles, site of the mysterious hexagons. The eerie sounds make one wonder. Saturn's magnetic poles are closely aligned with the geographic poles. The radio emissions are byproducts of a dipolar magnetic field. Twin polar jets and a magnetic field are classic signs of a Black Hole.

Space physicist Donald Gurnett occupies James Van Allen's old chair at University of Iowa, studying electromagnetic phenomena. In 2004 Cassini flew very low over the Rings. The plasma wave signal from the Rings was recorded by Gurnett as "Music of the Rings." The music snaps and crackles as Cassini passes in and out of discrete radiation sources. Analyzing the signal, Gurnett concluded that the radiation sources create fountains spreading 45 degrees from the vertical. During his presentation for the American Geophysical Meeting, Gurnett quietly mentioned Black Holes. Though Gurnett is a highly respected physicist, his music has not reached a published paper.

Saturn's music gives clues beyond a printed paper. Her Rings show conditions simliar to our Solar System's formation. Mysteries of planetary formation could be answered if the planets were seeded by tiny Black Holes. These objects could still be around, acting as sources of mass and energy. The Saturn system would be a good place to hunt for singularities.

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Blogger Kea said...

Neat! Could you please also blog about this picture, because it's so pretty.

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Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Thanks for all the tips. I've already found the photo, which has been saved for tommorow's "Sights of Saturn."

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