Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturn's Rings Distortion


If you thought that tsunamis were particular only to our home planet...not so. There are enormous, mile-high tsunamis of ice particles that are moving around the interior of Saturn's rings...and it makes for an interesting spectacle. The waves are created by the largest of Saturn's moons, Titan, whose gravity provides for the dynamic effect of huge peaks and gaps. Below is an graphic rendition of what this looks like...

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