Ring Around the Planet

An enormous ring has been discovered around Saturn. Spotted by the Spitzer Space Telescope, the dust ring was seen in the infrared spectrum, where it shows a temperature of -193°C (-316°F). The new ring begins about 5.95 million km (3.7 million miles) from the planet and extends for 11.9 million km (7.4 million miles). The ring encompasses the orbit o Saturn’s moon Phoebe, and like Phoebe it orbits Saturn in a retrograde motion. According to a JPL spokewoman, this is the first time Saturn was explored with an infrared instrument.

For more information…

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.