Present knowledge of the Jupiter ring system
In Chapter 4, we covered the discovery of the Jupiter ring system, the sole example of a ring system first discovered by a spacecraft. Scientists preparing the Jupiter encounter observations of Voyager 1 did not devote much time or effort to ring observations, primarily because no ring of Jupiter had ever been detected. The single observation that was added to the Voyager 1 encounter sequence was a long-exposure image designed to search for a possible tenuous ring near Jupiter’s equatorial plane.
KeywordsGiant Planet Particle Population Main Ring Galilean Satellite Near Infrared Radiation
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6.7 Notes and References
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