Scientists Calculate New Rotation Period For Saturn

March 26, 2015 3:55 PM

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It’s not easy to gather data on Saturn because of the fact that the planet’s gaseous atmosphere is nearly impossible to penetrate, but scientists at an Israeli university appear to have solved that problem. According to their new data, Saturn’s period of one rotation is actually 6 minutes shorter than currently stated in physics textbooks, states the Empire State Tribune.

While 6 minutes may not sound like a huge difference, it will certainly affect further scientific studies of Saturn, said Ravit Helled, a planetary scientist at Tel Aviv University in Israel. “We used to think that we knew the rotation period, considered a basic property of any planet,” she says.

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