Oxygen ions in Jupiter's innermost radiation belts

Wed, 12 Jan 2022 22:42:12 GMT
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Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Jan 13, 2022 Planets like Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn with global magnetic...

Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Jan 13, 2022 Planets like Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn with global magnetic fields of their own are surrounded by so-called radiation belts: Trapped in the magnetic field, fast moving charged particles such as electrons, protons, and heavier ions whiz around thus forming the invisible, torus-shaped radiation belts. With their high velocities reaching almost the speed of light, the particles can ionize other mo