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Glen Carlson

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Do Saturn's rings have a stabilising effect?
« on: 21/05/2010 18:30:02 »
Glen Carlson  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hello Chris.

On your March 19th show you mentioned that the Moon had a stabilizing effect on the Earth. Would the rings around Saturn have enough mass to have more than an incidental effect? And are those rings destined to coalesce into a small moon or two?

Thanks.

Glen

What do you think?
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Do Saturn's rings have a stabilising effect?
« Reply #1 on: 21/05/2010 23:11:02 »
The mass of Saturn's rings is not significant in this context however the mass of its moons, notably Titan which is the largest moon in the solar system, is.
 

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