Saturns rings

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Why are Saturns rings broken up into many rings? Why don't they all just orbit together in one massive ring.
 

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Why are Saturns rings broken up into many rings? Why don't they all just orbit together in one massive ring.
Hi Forestman! :smile:

Because Saturn's moons sweep out gaps at certain "resonant" radii …

each gap can be identified with a particular moon :wink:

(dunno what the maths is, though :redface:)
 
Thanks tiny-tim.
 

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