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A question about the Satturn rings.

  1. Dec 2, 2007 #1
    Hi all, my question is:
    -Are there any possibillities that the rings around Satturn will become satellites one day?
    Thank you.
     
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  3. Dec 2, 2007 #2

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    No. The rings are inside of the Roche limit. IOW, they are close enough to Saturn that tidal forces are too strong to allow them to collect into a single body. It is even possible that they were formed by a satellite that moved in too close to Saturn and was torn apart by these tidal forces.
     
  4. Dec 2, 2007 #3
    im sorry but in future events the rings around saturn could be torn away from its orbit and eventually form into a satellite around jupiter
     
  5. Dec 2, 2007 #4
    Could you please explain more in detail?
     
  6. Dec 3, 2007 #5

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    Do you have a source for this info? I know of no mechanism that could remove Saturn's rings and cause them to recollect as a satellite of Jupiter.
     
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