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Saturns Rings Changing

  1. Sep 6, 2005 #1
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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?
  4. Sep 6, 2005 #3


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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.

  5. Sep 7, 2005 #4


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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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