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Message started by Tony on 07/07/08 at 12:52:20

Title: The rings of Saturn
Post by Tony on 07/07/08 at 12:52:20

Saturn has the most impressive ring system in the solar system. The simulation http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/simulations/saturnsrings.gsim recreates the A ring, the B ring and the C ring, creating an image that should be familiar to anyone whose ever looked at Saturn through a telescope.
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/images/saturnsrings.GIF
If you want to try this yourself, perhaps including additional ring detail, here's how each of the three rings were created:
A ring: 50 particles, semi-major axis: 129390 km +/- 5.56%
B ring: 100 particles, semi-major axis: 104790 km +/- 12.2 %
C ring: 100 particles, semi-major axis: 83240 km +/- 10.51 %
The image above was photoshopped from two screenshots, one of the simulation run as-is, and one with Saturn's diameter set to 0. This allowed me to restore the portion of the rings that are in front of Saturn.


Title: Re: The rings of Saturn
Post by frankuitaalst on 07/08/08 at 07:59:49

Nice simulation Tony .
I saw the dust particles have zero mass .
I wonder how they would react if one of the inner moons of Saturn was added ?

Title: Re: The rings of Saturn
Post by ssc4k on 08/08/08 at 15:05:36

why not just add the ring to the existing saturn gsim and run it with all the moons with the ability to just delete the ones you dont want for the current sim?

Title: Re: The rings of Saturn
Post by Tony on 08/09/08 at 12:00:31

That's not a bad idea.  I'll try to put that together soon.

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