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Saturn's Shockwaves Reach Supernova Force

During a chance encounter with what appears to be an unusually strong blast of solar wind at Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected particles being accelerated to ultra-high energies. This is similar to the acceleration that takes place around distant supernovas. "Cassini has essentially given us the capability of studying the nature of a supernova shock in situ in our own solar system, bridging the gap to distant high-energy astrophysical phenomena that are usually only studied remotely," said Adam Masters of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Sagamihara, Japan.
Scientists are particularly interested in "quasi-parallel" shocks, where the magnetic field and the "forward"-facing direction of the shock are almost aligned, as may be found in supernova remnants. The new study, led by Masters describes the first detection of significant acceleration of electrons in a quasi-parallel shock at Saturn, coinciding with what may be the strongest shock ever encountered at the ringed planet.

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What does this mean for earth?

I am not too familiar with this topic.


throughout the solar system

From the inside out.

Curious how the writers of (http://www.enterprisemission.com/_articles/05-14-2004_Interp...) mentioned the petroleum industry's climate change denial, but failed to mention the political push to blame mankind for the change.

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Thanks Bob, when I saw the title of the post I knew it was probably yours. I love the space stuff it makes me daydream.

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Sigh any page with stars grabs my attention and I cannot look away! lol

No, I did not know that.

"Pluto: 300% increase in atmospheric pressure, even as Pluto recedes farther from the Sun"

That's crazy.

I love Art Bell, although I have not read The Coming Global Super Storm they talked about in the article, have you read it?

Yes, I have. However, Art Bell was predicting a....

"Global Superstorm" in the 90s. In any event, if it happens, we will not know what hit us, so no point worrying about it.