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Dynamics of the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn

17 March 2017

Time: 2:30pm
Venue: GO Jones Room 610
Series: 
Astronomy Unit Seminars
Speaker: 
Caitriona Jackman
Host: 
David Burgess
 
Abstract: 

This talk will compare and contrast results from orbiter missions to Jupiter and Saturn to study the transport and loss of mass in these giant, rotationally-influenced magnetospheres. I will focus in particular on in situ observations of magnetic reconnection and the insights that this gives us into mass circulation and mass balance. I will also show how remote observations of radio emissions and auroral displays can give a global picture of magnetospheric dynamics. My talk will finish with a summary of what we have learned from the fantastically successful Cassini mission at Saturn, and what the Juno mission may tell us about Jupiter over the next few years.

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