Friday, Sept 4, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Prof. Darci Snowden
Dept. of Physics, Central Washington University
“Titan’s Enigmatic Upper Atmosphere and its Interaction with Saturn’s Magnetosphere”
ABSTRACT: Titan orbits at the edge of a region of space altered by Saturn’s magnetic field, known as Saturn’s magnetosphere. In this talk, she will review how planetary atmospheres are altered by their space environment. She will also discuss some of the most exciting discoveries from the Cassini mission: like the discovery of massive organic ions at much higher altitudes in Titan’s atmosphere than expected. Finally, Prof. Snowden will show how she uses computer models and data from Cassini to understand how Saturn’s magnetosphere affects the structure, energetics, and chemistry of Titan’s thermosphere.
Join us online via Zoom. The pass code is 393953.
The session was recorded and available via YouTube.