Researchers Observing Saturn's Moon Dione has discovered some strange lines on it and a new Like Space reports, researchers have…
Researchers Observing Saturn’s Moon Dione has discovered some strange lines on it and a new
Like Space reports, researchers have been able to analyze data captured by NASA’s former Cassini mission, which was completed last year . On some of the photographs taken by Cassini, light and thin stripes are visible on Diony’s surface, and they look very much like those that have also been discovered on Rhea, another type of Saturn.
But on Dione these lines are strictly parallel and appear to be fresh and new. They have also been discovered around the middle of the moon. According to the new study co-author Alex Patthoff, a geologist at the planet science institute, the line’s orientation is completely bizarre and very different from what has ever seen before, as explained in a public statement by PSI .
It was further found that the strips found on this scale of Saturn were not influenced by topography, showing that they are relatively young in age.
“Dion’s linear wings are generally long (10 to 100s kilometers), narrow (less than 5 kilometers) and lighter than the surrounding terrain. The strips are parallel, appear to be over other features and are not affected by topography, indicating that they are among the youngest surfaces of Dione. “
To try to learn more about how these bands could have come on Dione, Pathoff thought about the surface of the moon that could act in the same way as tectonic plates on earth with various parts like bumps against others. Another theory was that there might be stones that moved around Dione and left imprints in their wake.
According to Astrobiology Magazine the stripes of Dione have probably accumulated because litters fall from Saturn’s rings or pass comets, although Saturn’s other moons Helene and Polydeuces are also involved.
As Patthoff further explained, “The retention of linear virgin has implications for orbital development and influence processes in the Saturnian system. In addition, the interaction between Dion’s surface and exogenous material is important for its durability and provides proof of delivery of ingredients such as can contribute to the world world in general. “
The new study, showing that the bizarre lines are on Saturn’s moon Dion are likely caused by junk from outside sources like Saturn’s rings, published in Geophysical Research Letters .