Saturn is one of the planets of the solar system that is famous for its ring system composed of dust and ice. However, the recent discovery done by NASA Cassini probe has amazed the scientist community and many people across the globe when its weather was being analyzed back in 2013. It was revealed that by deeper analysis, the great pressure transforms the chunks of soot into small diamond balls. Isn’t it just amazing? The following article reveals all the findings for the formation and existence of such raindrops.
The diamond raindrops:
The atmosphere of the planet consists of helium and hydrogen along with few drops of sulfur. The powerful lightening transforms the methane gas into giant clouds of soot. However, the great pressure of Saturn can cause these diamonds to liquefy. This has served to be the hallmark in scientific discovery till date.
The cause of formation of such raindrops:
Along with that it has also been discovered that what causes the Saturn’s energy to be so high. Deep down within the atmosphere the pressure is so burly that the gases present in the atmosphere exist as liquid metal. The helium falls as small particles supposed to be raindrops and in return generates a great amount of energy. According to the scientists, this heat source proves to be the essential force to drive the weather pattern of Saturn.
Contribution of ring system of Saturn in formation of such drops:
The study further reveals that the ice drops formed by the ring system of Saturn are pulled by force of gravity, making it look like a dust storm. The ring strain is so fast that it is believed that the amount of water falling down in half an hour will be enough to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool.
However, this recent discovery has paved a great way for the future findings and discoveries in the solar system. Even if temporary, such ring system allows to look at the ring system of Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune which shall be eliminated in near future.