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How did Saturn come by its rings?
« on: 12/12/2010 22:17:20 »
Saturn’s rings may have originated from a satellite that was stripped of its surface ice when it moved perilously close to the planet.

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How did Saturn come by its rings?
« Reply #1 on: 13/12/2010 03:04:04 »
Interesting...

I thought I had read about a "cosmic collision" theory too, as well as theory of accretion of material potentially dating back to the formation of Saturn and the solar system. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rings_of_Saturn#Formation

The "tidal" theory would be unlikely to explain the apparent ring-like material extending far beyond the planet and the recently discovered Phoebe ring.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rings_of_Saturn#Phoebe_ring
 

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How did Saturn come by its rings?
« Reply #2 on: 13/12/2010 03:38:48 »
There is a new theory that they were created when one of Saturn's previous moons went into a "death spiral" that ripped all the ice off the moon. At that time, there was a ring of hydrogen around Saturn that trapped the moon in Saturn's gravity.
 

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How did Saturn come by its rings?
« Reply #3 on: 13/12/2010 09:03:05 »
Hi Geezer - maybe read the link at the top...
 

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« Reply #4 on: 13/12/2010 18:12:27 »
Hi Geezer - maybe read the link at the top...

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