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Saturn's rings: Leftovers from a cosmic murder?

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posted on Dec, 12 2010 @ 04:23 PM
An article from the Associated Press reveals a theory that astronomers have about what formed the rings of Saturn. Here is a quote from the article:

The victim: an unnamed moon of Saturn that disappeared about 4.5 billion years ago.

The suspect: a disk of hydrogen gas that once surrounded Saturn when its dozens of moons were forming, but has now fled the crime scene.

The cause of death: A forced plunge into Saturn.

Sounds like a fascinating theory, as I have always wondered what caused the ring's formation. Since I myself am no expert on this matter, I wonder what the ATS community thinks about it.

Here is a link to the article.

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posted on Dec, 13 2010 @ 12:47 AM
Sounds quite plausible, I'll be anxious to hear what our resident astronomers think about this.

posted on Dec, 13 2010 @ 03:48 PM
reply to post by TokiTheDestroyer

I wonder if Saturn's atmosphere still shows signs of the possible collision.

I do wonder where the residential astronomers are at though.


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