Significant progress has been made during the last two years in unraveling a number of puzzles involving planetary magnetospheres, especially those of Jupiter and Saturn. That was the consensus at the 1997 Magnetosphere of the Outer Planets Conference.
Since the last conference two years ago, the Galileo spacecraft and remote observations supporting that mission have provided much data. The impacts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragments on Jupiter also provided a unique opportunity for study. As a result, Jupiter and its satellites garnered the most attention at the 1997 meeting.