Updated: Jun 25, 2022
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We explore Solar winds and Ganymede's Ring of Armor on Monday's moon menu.
Ganymede is the only known moon with a magnetic field that's strong enough to carve out a magnetosphere within Jupiter's magnetosphere.
GANYMEDE Credit NASA | ESA
It's also unique in that it never experiences the solar winds since its magnetic field is powerful enough to form a magnetosphere within Jupiter's magnetospheric environment.
Jupiter's magnetosphere acts as a giant ring of amour around Ganymede, where the moon becomes embedded within Jupiter, which protects the enormous satellite from solar wind particles.
The solar wind is part of a more extensive, complex space weather system that scientists continue to research vigorously. The harmful effects of its radiation can affect not only equipment but also astronauts vulnerable to the solar winds living and working in space to help improve our own lives here on Earth.
𝙍𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙤𝙪𝙧
𝙎𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣’𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙢 𝙝𝙚𝙧
𝙉𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙡𝙮, 𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙖𝙧 𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙨
This cradle-like musical ambience supports the concept of Jupiter's magnetosphere protecting Ganymede from harmful solar wind particles in a quasi "planet and moon" parental relationship.
EPSC Congress - Geneva September 2019 "Jupiter Hall" My Ganymede Presentation at the Science Congress
The music employs a lilting atmospheric lullaby to reinforce this scientific concept to reflect the idea that Ganymede is being "protected" by the parent planet Jupiter. At the same time, Ganymede's intrinsic magnetosphere corotates with Jupiter's magnetosphere.
And now, we turn to the orchestra to enjoy its explanation of Ganymede's unique story through a symphonic lens.
GANYMEDE Music Excerpt "Ring of Armor"