Cassini magnetometer observations over the Enceladus poles
Article first published online: 14 OCT 2011
Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 38, Issue 19, October 2011
How to Cite
2011), Cassini magnetometer observations over the Enceladus poles, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L19109, doi:10.1029/2011GL049013., , , , , , , and (
- Issue published online: 14 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 14 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 14 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Received: 21 JUL 2011
 In 2009 and 2010, the Cassini spacecraft made seven targeted Enceladus flybys along trajectories parallel to the equatorial plane. The magnetometer on board Cassini made a complete set of vector field distribution measurements on these tracks and observed significant perturbations that further constrained the location of the momentum-exchange region. These observations were made not only above and below the moon Enceladus, but also above and below the momentum-loading center. The observed field perturbations are consistent with previous interpretations of the interaction. Southernly-biased Io-type, Alfvén-wing signatures are penetrated by Cassini. In addition to the draping due to the slowing down, the magnetic field drapes away from Saturn, indicating that the dust in the plume is predominantly negatively charged. No Saturnward or anti-Saturnward tilt of the plume is identified.