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Dynamics of the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn

17 March 2017

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

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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