Jupiter's Rings Are Shaped By Interplay Of Sunlight And Shadow

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 15:14 in Astronomy & Space

Astronomers appear to have solved a long-standing mystery about the cause of anomalies in Jupiter's gossamer rings. A faint extension of the outermost ring beyond the orbit of Jupiter's moon Thebe, and other observed deviations from an accepted model of ring formation, result from the interplay of shadow and sunlight on dust particles that make up the rings.

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