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Seasonal variations of temperature, acetylene and ethane in Saturn's atmosphere from 2005 to 2010, as observed by Cassini-CIRS

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Acetylene (C2H2) and ethane (C2H6) are by-products of complex photochemistry in the stratosphere of Saturn. Both hydrocarbons are important to the thermal balance of Saturn's stratosphere and serve as tracers of vertical motion in the lower stratosphere. Earlier studies of Saturn's hydrocarbons using Cassini-CIRS observations have provided only a snapshot of their behaviour. Following the vernal equinox in August 2009, Saturn's northern and southern hemispheres have entered spring and autumn,...

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University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics
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University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics
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Journal:
ICARUS
Volume:
225
Issue:
1
Pages:
257-271
Publication date:
2013-07-05
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EISSN:
1090-2643
ISSN:
0019-1035
URN:
uuid:7b594751-ae42-46e2-b879-b1069c0618b4
Source identifiers:
402766
Local pid:
pubs:402766

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