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Scientists have determined that the rings of the planet Saturn are in the process of destruction

Interesting - Jul 18, 2022
Scientists have determined that the rings of the planet Saturn are in the process of destruction

As part of the new study, scientists have come to the conclusion that the rings of the planet Saturn have begun to disappear. But the good news is that this process is very slow and scientists still have a long time to observe those rings. Every year, Saturn's planetary rings experience a loss of material. Thus, micrometeorites and solar radiation coming towards Saturn affect the dust particles in the rings and balance them with the lines of Saturn's magnetic field. When dust particles get too close to the top of a planet's atmosphere, gravity pulls them into the planet's interior, eventually evaporating in the planet's clouds. This process is called "ring rain", and as a result, one or other factors will gradually destroy the distinguishing feature of the planet Saturn.

According to experts, it will take 300 million years for the complete destruction of the planet's ring system. Although the rings around Saturn appear to us to be a permanent feature, an analysis of photos taken by NASA's Cassini mission has shown that, on a cosmic scale, the rings are actually very young. So, they appeared 10-100 million years ago. But scientists still don't know how and why Saturn's rings formed. According to one of the leading theories on the matter, if the rings are so young, it is likely that they were formed by a former moon of Saturn coming too close to the planet and eventually breaking up into small space objects.