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Cause of Saturn’s Rings Found

Cause of Saturn's Rings Found
Cause of Saturn's Rings Found
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Saturn is one of the most striking planets in our Solar system. Its beautiful rings make it different from almost any planet. The mysticism of these rings has long captured the attention of astronomers and remained a mystery to many, but now, new research may have finally unraveled the origin of Saturn’s rings.

We’ve discovered 82 moons orbiting Saturn so far , but a new study by a group of researchers suggests there may once have been 83 . It  could also be the 83rd month that could be responsible for the origin of Saturn’s rings .

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Previous research on this magnificent planet has shown that Saturn’s rings are about 100 million years old and much younger than the planet itself. While this is the subject of much debate, this new study, published in the journal Science, says these rings may be due to an event about 160 million years ago.

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Cause of Saturn's Rings Found

How Did Saturn’s 83rd Moon Become the Rings of Saturn?

The researchers suggest that the 83rd moon became unstable and orbited too close to Saturn . When this happened, the moon suddenly shattered. Although the gas giant swallowed most of the moon’s mass and material, a small percentage likely remained and acted as the source of Saturn’s rings.

This is an intriguing idea and just one of many possible explanations. To explore this possibility, the researchers say they used computer modeling transferred to measurements collected in 2017.

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