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In our website you always can find the latest news related to space which will arouse everyone’s interest. And today the topic is Saturn rings that may be gone in just 100 million years. So, a new research has found out that Saturn rings are dissolving faster than scientists expected and they could be gone in 100 million to 300 million years.
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second-largest in the Solar System, after Jupiter. It is a gas giant with an average radius about nine times that of Earth. Below you may read some interesting articles related to the beautiful giant. It has only one-eighth the average density of Earth, but with its larger volume Saturn is over 95 times more massive. And as you know Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture. As we have mentioned above read some articles below!
Saturn’s rings are primarily composed of water ice, but new research that was published in the journal Icarus showed that the rings are being assaulted by the planet’s gravity and magnetic field, triggering a phenomenon known as “ring rain.”
“We are lucky to be around to see Saturn’s ring system, which appears to be in the middle of its lifetime,” said O’Donoghue in a statement. “However, if rings are temporary, perhaps we just missed out on seeing giant ring systems of Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune, which have only thin ringlets today.” The rings have less than 100 million years to live,” said O’Donoghue in the statement, adding: “This is relatively short, compared to Saturn’s age of over 4 billion years.”
Source: Text; gizmodo.com, Wikipedia
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