Saturn’s Rings Sparkle in X-rays September 2, 2006Posted by John Tintle (MtO deadbait) in Planets, Space Fotos.
Tags: A.Bhardwaj, Chandra X-ray Observatory, ESA, Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, Kristian Birkeland, MSFC, NASA, Saturn
UPPER: Recent image from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory telescope reveals
X-ray emissions from the rings of Saturn.
LOWER: More than 90 years ago, the experimental physicist Kristian Birkeland
produced the “rings of Saturn” in a glowing plasma, using a slightly magnetized 24
cm diameter conducting globe as a cathode in a vacuum discharge. Published in
1913! Electricity is nature’s efficient means of X-ray production.
X-ray: NASA/MSFC/CXC/A.Bhardwaj et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/STScI/AURA