Space Science Seminar: How Saturn interacts with the Solar Wind

Jamie Jasinski, Planetary Science Group. Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL.

Tuesday 25 November 2014, 1600-1700
Frankland Colloquium Room

Saturn’s interaction with the solar wind is not the same as at Earth. The conditions and processes driving the magnetosphere differ at Saturn. Various phenomena observed at Earth, such as reconnection, flux transfer events, and auroral driving, are compared to observations at Saturn. These include evidence of reconnection from the observation of solar wind plasma in the high latitude regions of the magnetosphere known as the cusps.

These observations were made by the Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.