May 8, 2007
(May 8, 2007) Dr. Imke de Pater of the University of California at Berkely talks about how the giant planets in our Solar System are surrounded with ring systems, similar to the planetary disks around stars. Within these ring systems are narrow ringlets, broad dust sheets, wavy structures and small satellites. In the summer of 2007 Uranus’ rings appeared edge-on to observers on Earth, a marvelous opportunity to learn more about this system.
Science Standards: Earth in the Solar System (seasonal analogues to Uranus); Regular and Predictible Motion; Earth as one in a series of systems in the Solar System.