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Radio Signals of Saturn

La plasmasfera de Saturno es bastante grande. La mayoría del plasma proviene de una nube con forma de rosca (toroide) de material de Titán y otras lunas heladas.

Aparte de iones y electrones, la plasmasfera también contiene partículas muy energéticas, las cuales contribuyen con la radiación que hay en ese medio ambiente.

Las partículas entran en la plasmasfera desde la atmósfera, así como la magnetocola. Las partículas abandonan la plasmasfera cuando caen muy lejos de las líneas de campos magnéticos, en los polos norte y sur. Cuando estas partículas chocan contra la atmósfera, dan orígen a la aurora.


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