The American Space Agency “NASA” took a picture of the summer season on Saturn, in a stunning snapshot that it revealed, on Friday, according to the Russian news agency “Sputnik”, quoting the British newspaper “Daily Mail”.
The image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope on July 4, which reveals the blue ice caps, showing the snapshot of how giant gas rings appear redder in color thanks to the increased levels of sunlight falling on them.
Astronomers said that the rings of Saturn seen from a distance of 839 million miles from Earth are so bright in the image that they look like “snow just fell”.
Scientists had explained last April the secret of the temperature of Saturn’s upper atmosphere, and explained that the density of the planet’s atmosphere decreases with height, and the difference in low density depends on the temperature and maximum temperatures near the poles of the planet.
The reason for this is the electric currents resulting from the interaction between the solar wind and the charged particles from Saturn’s moons, and these currents create a similar effect to the aurora borealis.
Thus, the electric currents heat the upper atmosphere in Saturn’s polar regions, and then the high wind system distributes the thermal energy accumulated in the poles around the planet.
As a result, the temperature of the atmosphere at the equator is only twice what is expected from solar heating.