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Celebrating Ten Years of Cassini-Huygens in the Saturnian System
The Geological Society
Burlington House
Start Time: 10 Oct 2014 - 10:30
End Time: 10 Oct 2014 - 15:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Chris Arridge (UCL)*, Emma Bunce (Leicester), Leigh Fletcher (Oxford), Adam Masters (JAXA, Japan/ Imperial College), Carl Murray (QMUL), John Zarnecki (OU)

*Contact: c.arridge AT  


The Cassini-Huygens mission was launched in October 1997 and entered orbit around Saturn in July 2004. This year celebrates 10 years of science in the saturnian system with Cassini-Huygens, providing an unprecedented view of seasonally-evolving processes in a giant planet system. This specialist discussion meeting will review some of Cassini- Huygens' key findings including: the plumes of Enceladus; the structure and composition of the surface and atmosphere of Titan; the seasonally-evolving atmosphere of Saturn with its spectacular springtime storms, polar cyclones and bizarre hexagonal wave; the unusual ring structures with evidence of impacts; the puzzling nature of Saturn's planetary period magnetosphere oscillations and dynamic aurora; and looking ahead to exciting new opportunities during the proximal orbits of the mission.


10:00 Registration & Coffee

10:30 David Southwood (Imperial College)
The Cassini-Huygens mission

10:45 Linda Spilker (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Surprises in the Saturn System: 10 years of Cassini Discoveries

11:15 Carl Murray (QMUL)
Cassini Observations of Saturn's Rings

11:30 Peter Read (University of Oxford)
Hexagons, hurricanes and jet streams: the turbulent atmosphere of Saturn

12.00 Lunch

13:15 Michele Dougherty (Imperial College)
Enceladus and the discovery of the Enceladus plume

13:45 Geraint Jones (MSSL, UCL)
The Plumes of Enceladus as observed by CAPS

14:00 Caitriona Jackman (University of Southampton)
An overview of the local and global properties of tail reconnection

14:15 Gabby Provan (University of Leicester)
Saturn's planetary period oscillations observed during 10 years of Cassini

14:30 Athena Coustenis (LESIA, Obs. de Paris, Meudon)
Active moons around Saturn as revealed by Cassini-Huygens

15:00 Nick Teanby (University of Bristol)
Titan's dynamic atmosphere

15:10 Andrew Coates (MSSL, UCL)
10 years of surprises from Saturn: CAPS results on magnetosphere, moons and rings

15:30 Tea will be available in the Lower Library of the Geological Society for those attending the Open (Monthly A&G) Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society