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Voyager Saturnian ring measurements and the early history of the solar systemThe mass distribution in the Saturnian ring system is investigated and compared with predictions from plasma cosmogony. According to this theory, the matter in the rings was once a magnetized plasma, in which gravitation is balanced by the centrifugal and electromagnetic forces. As the plasma is neutralized, the electromagnetic forces disappear and the matter falls in to 2/3 of the original saturnocentric distance. This causes the cosmogonic shadow effect, demonstrated for the large scale structure of the Saturnian ring system. It is shown that many structures of the present ring system can be understood as shadows and antishadows of cosmogonic origin. These appear in the form of double rings centered around a position a factor 0.64 (slightly 2/3) closer to Saturn than the causing feature. Voyager data agree with an accuracy 1%.
Document ID
19860013060
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Authors
Alfven, H. (Royal Inst. of Tech. Stockholm, Sweden)
Axnaes, I. (Royal Inst. of Tech. Stockholm, Sweden)
Brenning, N. (Royal Inst. of Tech. Stockholm, Sweden)
Lindquist, P. A. (Royal Inst. of Tech. Stockholm, Sweden)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1985
Publication Information
ISSN: 0348-7539
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Report/Patent Number
NASA-CR-176638
TRITA-EPP-85-07
NAS 1.26:176638
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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