Peggy, new Saturnian moon born?

  1. PhysicoRaj

    PhysicoRaj 437
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    Cassini has recently witnessed a bright bump at the edge of Saturn's rings, indicating the formation of a probable moon.
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    If confirmed, the informally recognised Peggy will stand the 63rd moon of the gas giant.
    Scientists say that this might be one of the last moon formation incident taking place in the planets ring system, since the rings are no longer rich with material and might be depleted to form moons.
    http://time.com/63356/saturn-new-moon/
    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27056698
    http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/16/nasa-cassini-saturn-moon/
     
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  3. Greg Bernhardt

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    Good work Cassini! Amazing how much we continue to learn about our neighbors!
     
  4. PhysicoRaj

    PhysicoRaj 437
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    Moon formation is a long process.. We've to wait for NASA's confirmation.
    They expect to close in on Peggy by late 2016.
    There's a great deal of detail here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001910351400150X


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