Saturn’s G Ring May Have a Few Specs In It

After many days of studying various pictures of the slender G ring of Saturn, scientists believe there are at least one or more moonlits traveling within the ring itself. In a NASA press release stated; “Micrometeoroids collide with the large particles, releasing smaller, dust-sized particles that brighten the arc.  The plasma in the giant planet’s magnetic field sweeps through this arc continually, dragging out the fine particles and creating the G ring.”

Now what I find interesting in the new discoveries of Saturn’s rings, scientists seem to have neglected trying to answer the question, “How can all these interactions so delicate and dynamic with these rings could continue on for billions of years?”

Before we were able to observe this rings more closely with the Cassini spacecraft, scientists were expecting far less complex rings which were suppose to be more stable. They never came close to predicting ring spokes, ring collisions, many thousands of ringlets and ring arcs.

One would think these  moons and particles had pretty much settled into a stable old age so I wouldn’t necessarily blame the scientists for predicting simple and stable rings because of their belief in an old Universe. Although, as a creationist, I don’t agree with the concept of an old universe but do agree with Saturn’s rings displaying their youthfulness so it’s not surprising to find delicate and dynamic rings to study.

Now on Saturn’s G ring the moonlet in which is believed to be found is so tiny that it cannot even measure it’s size but suspect it might be the source for the G ring. Science Daily reports

“This brings the number of Saturnian ring arcs with embedded moonlets found by Cassini to three. The new moonlet may not be alone in the G ring arc. Previous measurements with other Cassini instruments implied the existence of a population of particles, possibly ranging in size from 1 to 100 meters (about three to several hundred feet) across.

“Meteoroid impacts into, and collisions among, these bodies and the moonlet could liberate dust to form the arc,” said Hedman.”

The next encounter for Cassini will be interesting in itself as it will be taking more pictures of Titan, on March 27, 2009. Next year, Cassini is programmed to get a much needed closer look at Saturn’s rings. Perhaps reveal better detail of the rings and a better look at the tiny specs one can hardly see at all from it’s current arrary of pictures.


3 thoughts on “Saturn’s G Ring May Have a Few Specs In It

  1. Michael says:
    “Now what I find interesting in the new discoveries of Saturn’s rings, scientists seem to have neglected trying to answer the question, “How can all these interactions so delicate and dynamic with these rings could continue on for billions of years?””

    Well, some scientists (Cuzzi and Estrada 1998) argue the rings are actually less than 100 million years old. Why do you assume the (current !) rings to be as old as the planet ?

  2. Eelco,

    As I surf old posts, this reply took six years to respond but as I told you, progress in science doesn’t help theories in various parts of evolution, such as planetary evolution. For instance, new Pluto images which are being downloaded throughout 2015 and will continue in 2016, are blowing away the assumption it’s 4.5 billion years old with its snake skin terrain, mountains and rapid depleting atmosphere. In answer in regards to your post, You quoted “some scientists”, which I highly doubt was the majority viewpoint at the time you quoted it, but I will quote some scientists in 2013, which is the majority viewpoint and is why I feel evolutionary scientists assume those rings are as old as the planet…

    “A new mosaic of Saturn and rings made by Cassini spacecraft, brightened version with contrast and color enhanced. Image released Nov. 12, 2013. SAN FRANCISCO — Saturn’s iconic rings likely formed about 4.4 billion years ago, shortly after the planet itself took shape, a new study suggests. Dec 13, 2013.”

    I told you this in 2009, that the assumed age was 4.5 billion years! The new technology interpretation (belief) by scientists supports what I stated to you for the most part, I was slightly off! This doesn’t mean I believe Saturn’s rings are actually 4.5 billion years, because the science doesn’t support it. I stated 4.5 billion years as a viewpoint held by the majority of evolutionists. The article also suggests that the age was a supposed mystery till the image by Cassini was revealed…lol This is contrary to what you quoted me…lol Confusing isn’t it, again I told you before, when a theory is not true it gets more complex as the hard data continues to conflict. Unlike your theory, I hope your doing well my friend :)

  3. Michael, you are *still* talking about assumed ages, believing, and “evolutionists” (such people still do NOT exist). Using vocabulary like that really indicates that you have no idea what you are talking about.

    More importantly, at the time I thought you were actually a gentle and friendly person, but I was sadly mistaken. The way you wrote about Olorin *just after he died* was very rude and tasteless, and made me realise you are not a nice person after all.

    This is the main reason why I no longer react to you creationist (and infallably wrong) utterings here: a basic level of humanity is required for a useful and respectful discussion.

    As for Pluto, you again have no idea what you are talking about, and confuse the age of surface structures with that of the planet itself. Of course these are different, like on our Earth. Same with the rings of planet (where this blogpost relates to just the G ring only !): not the same as the age of the planet itself.

    As long as you get very basic stuff like that completely wrong, and show no respect for people who just died, I do not see why I should continue to react to your utterings.

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