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Saturn's ring rain

A Correction to this article was published on 01 May 2013

Saturn's atmosphere bears a latent image of its icy rings, implying that electrically charged bits of water ice are being transported along magnetic-field lines of force from sources in the ring plane to the upper atmosphere. See Letter p.193

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Figure 1: Saturn's rings and magnetic field.


Figure 2: Saturn's atmospheric transmission and H3+ emission lines in the near infrared.


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