Ring torque of Saturn from interplanetary meteoroid impact

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Reevaluation of the interplanetary meteoroid mass flux at 10 AU obtains a value of M≈6×104 g sec-1 for the meteoroid mass loading rate to the rings of Saturn. This meteoroid impact flux suggests that a large change to the configuration of the ring system could occur in a relatively short time ({less-than or approximate}109 years). This new element thus should be taken into consideration in discussion of the dynamical evolution of the rings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-552
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1984


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