Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Science. 2008 Sep 12;321(5895):1475-8. doi: 10.1126/science.1159780.

The magnetic memory of Titan's ionized atmosphere.

Author information

  • 1Space and Atmospheric Physics Group, Imperial College London, Blackett Laboratory, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2AZ, UK. cbertucci@iafe.uba.ar

Abstract

After 3 years and 31 close flybys of Titan by the Cassini Orbiter, Titan was finally observed in the shocked solar wind, outside of Saturn's magnetosphere. These observations revealed that Titan's flow-induced magnetosphere was populated by "fossil" fields originating from Saturn, to which the satellite was exposed before its excursion through the magnetopause. In addition, strong magnetic shear observed at the edge of Titan's induced magnetosphere suggests that reconnection may have been involved in the replacement of the fossil fields by the interplanetary magnetic field.

PMID:
18787164
DOI:
10.1126/science.1159780
[PubMed]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Support Center