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The new belt lies at the far reaches of the Saturnian system, with an orbit tilted 27 degrees from the main ring plane. The bulk of its material starts about six million kilometers (3.7 million miles) away from the planet and extends outward roughly another 12 million kilometers (7.4 million miles). One of Saturn's farthest moons, Phoebe, circles within the newfound ring, and is likely the source of its material. Saturn's newest halo is thick, too -- its vertical height is about 20 times the diameter of the planet. It would take about one billion Earths stacked together to fill the ring.
Originally posted by DerbyCityLights
I cant believe I missed this! SD is on my bookmarks and is one of the many sites I visit on a daily basis.
I find this quite interesting. This could change some of our ideas of planetary system formation.
Just some speculation on my part here. I think it is quite possible that the Saturnian system could be a solar system within a solar system. I know this is an idea that has been looked into but the more we learn about this planet and is surrounding area and related effects of said area, the idea seems more plausible.