We finally know what lasts a day in Saturn
It’s 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds.
One day it does not last the same on Earth as on other planets. On Mars, for example, it lasts something more than on our planet. 24 hours and 37minutos. But what is its duration in Saturn? That has been one of the great astronomical mysteries for a long time. But, now, it has finally been resolved thanks to a study based on the data provided by the Cassini mission.
To date, the most accurate estimate was made in 1981, based on the measurements carried out by the Voyager probe. According to which, one day on the planet of the rings lasted approximately 10 hours, 39 minutes and 23 seconds.
But, Christopher Marzowicz, an astrophysicist at UC Santa Cruz, has solved the noting mystery in the rings around the planet. According to the investigator, inside Saturn there are vibrations that affect its gravitational field. and the Rings act in a similar way to the seismographs that detect the vibrations of an earthquake, because they reflect these vibrations.
Thanks to his study, the investigator was able to create models that allowed him to evaluate the movements that were produced inside the planet, and through them to discover its rotation. And so, now we know that one day in Saturn lasts 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds.
I mean, it’s a little bit shorter than I thought.