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The effect of the ring system on the solar radiation reaching the top of Saturn's atmosphere: Direct radiation

Authors
Journal
Icarus
0019-1035
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
38
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0019-1035(79)90202-1

Abstract

Abstract The direct solar radiation incident on the top of Saturn's atmosphere is calculated as a function of season and latitude. Both the oblateness of the planet and the shadow of the ring system have been included. It is found that the ring shadows are important for latitudes less than about 30°, where the total annual insolation is reduced by about 14%.

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