Scientists analyze Cassini data to learn why Saturn is hot on outer layer
New Delhi : Cassini started studying Saturn way back in 2004 and died in 2017, but the date collected by it is still being studied to reveal the mysteries surrounding planet Saturn.
The spacecraft had been known for providing date that can be helpful in underlining the reasons behind why the outermost layer of the planet is so high on temperature, despite the fact that it is far away from the sun. With the help of old date processed from Cassini, the scientists are figuring it out.
Findings could indicate that the charged particles from the solar wind interact with their homologs that come from the moons of Saturn, triggering electric currents that, in turn, generate auroras that heat Saturn’s atmosphere.
According to the researchers, the study will not help them in learning about just the Saturn, but also about Uranus, Neptune, and Jupiter as they also have an unexplainable hot upper atmosphere. This phenomenon has also been noticed in a number of giant gas planets not situated in our solar system.
According to a declaration made by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, these findings are important for understanding the inner workings of the atmosphere of planets. These results also help in cementing Cassini’s role in astronomical discoveries, despite its inactivity since 2017.