The Rings of Saturn

Thursday, June 7, 2012 0 comments

Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system after Jupiter. It is the sixth planet from the Sun and is a gas giant. Famous for its ring system that surrounds planet, Saturn is nine times larger than the Earth.

The rings of Saturn are the most extensive planetary ring system of any planet in the solar system. It consists entirely of water ice, contaminated dust and other chemicals.

The rings have a number of gaps such as two opened by the known moons embedded within them. It was suggested that these rings of Saturn could be the remains of the giant moon that was stripped of its icy shell before it crased into the planet millions of years ago.


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