For Rain Blame It On The Saturn Ring – Science News Article.

A new scientific discovery has been done; that the charged water drops into the Saturn’s upper atmosphere is coming from the Ring. This science news article is making buzz on the internet.


The research is funded by NASA and the analysis is done by the University of Leicester, England. The astronomers and the scientists at the Leicester came to a result which says that the; charged rain influences the composition and temperature structure of parts of Saturn’s upper atmosphere and the rain is coming from its own Ring.

It was previously known that the upper atmosphere of Saturn contains water, but the question was that from where it was coming from ?

And the secret is over….
The study at Leicester University revealed that the Electrically Charged Water Droplets into the Saturn’s atmosphere is coming from it’s own Ring.

The some points are obvious that the droplets are coming towards the Saturn is due to its Magnetic or say Gravitational field.
And the another point is that this Electrically Charged Water droplets is responsible for its atmosphere and the temperature.

This new scientific discovery is going to reveal many things… And also it will help to better understand about the origin and the evolution of Saturn’s ring system and changes in the planet’s atmosphere.
The research paper appeared in this week’s issue of the journal Nature.

James O’Donoghue, the paper’s lead author and a postgraduate researcher at Leicester says :

Saturn is the first planet to show significant interaction between its atmosphere and ring system

The main effect of ring rain is that it acts to ‘quench’ the ionosphere of Saturn. In other words, this rain severely reduces the electron densities in regions in which it falls.

Tom Stallard, a paper co-author at Leicester Says :

Where Jupiter is glowing evenly across its equatorial regions, Saturn has dark bands where the water is falling in, darkening the ionosphere.

We’re now also trying to investigate these features with an instrument on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. If we’re successful, Cassini may allow us to view in more detail the way that water is removing ionized particles, such as any changes in the altitude or effects that come with the time of day.

Both Earth and Jupiter have an equatorial region that glows very uniformly. Scientists expected this pattern at Saturn, too, but they instead saw dramatic differences at different latitudes. Reference : JPL NASA Saturn News.

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By – Himanshu Kumar Singh.