Saturns Rings Changing

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vincentm
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Isn't there a theory about the material that makeup those rigs, eventually crashing into Saturn's atmoshpere or floating off?
 
Garth
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The problem would be if the rings didn't change, but over what timescale? 25years is a fleabite in the planet's history.

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chroot
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Most theories of ring formation involve a moon being broken up by tidal forces. The resulting debris eventually makes its way back to the parent planet; most theories predict about a 50,000 year lifespan. In that respect, we're lucky to live at a time when Saturn is so resplendent.

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