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Saturn's rotation period from its atmospheric planetary-wave configuration

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The rotation period of a gas giant's magnetic field (called the System III reference frame) is commonly used to infer its bulk rotation. Saturn's dipole magnetic field is not tilted relative to its rotation axis (unlike Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune), so the surrogate measure of its long-wavelength (kilometric) radiation is currently used to fix the System III rotation period. The period as measured now by the Cassini spacecraft is up to 7 min longer than the value of 10 h 39 min 24 s measured ...

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10.1038/nature08194

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics
Dowling, TE More by this author
Schubert, G More by this author
Journal:
NATURE
Volume:
460
Issue:
7255
Pages:
608-610
Publication date:
2009-07-30
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:8e96ff9c-9e1d-4931-9dc5-8ebb344d6240
Source identifiers:
8549
Local pid:
pubs:8549
Language:
English

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