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Saturn's Rings

Everything about the largest, mystical rings in the Solar System!

Rachel G

on 8 October 2012

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Everything about the largest Saturn's Rings What are the Rings made of? rings in the Solar System! Do the Rings break up when
other gravitational fields enter it? Saturn's Rings do not break up when other gravitational forces interfere. Usually because Saturn's gravity is far greater than a typical asteroid or moon. How many Rings are there? There are 7 rings, they
were named in the alphabetic order
in which they were discovered.
From closest to Saturn to farthest,
D, C, B, A, F, G, E.
some are yet to be discovered! Saturn's Rings are made out of chunks of rock and ice. Some of the rocks came from asteroids that were pulled apart from Saturn's gravity field. The gravity of Saturn is around 2000 times stronger than Earth's! How many moons orbit in
the Rings? 34 moons orbit inside of the Rings.
Epimetheus, Janus, Pallene, Methone, Mimas, Pandora, Prometheus, Atlas, Pan, Enceladus, Telesto, Tethys, Calypso, Polydeuces, Tione, Helene Iapetus, Titan, Hyperion, Rhea, Phoebe, Ijiraq, Kivuiq, Ymir, Suttung, Thrym, Mundilfari, Narvi, Tarvos, Siarnaq, Erriapus, Albiorix, Skathi, and last but not least, Paaliaq.
Saturn has a total of 62 moons and counting. What are the
main characteristics? The Rings have many characteristics, but only a few can be named. Some of the Rings have mountains, others have valleys. Most of the Rings have moons altering their gravitational circle, causing them to have gaps in them. What are the measurements? Currently, we do not have the technology in space to see the measurements of the Rings. Simply stating, we do NOT know how large they really are, only educated guesses. Do asteroids and objects
get pulled apart from the gravity? Sometimes, when an object, let's say our Moon, is pulled into orbit, it would not be pulled apart if it has it's own gravity. The 2 forces would counteract each other, different than an asteroid with no gravitational force to hold it together. Saturn was discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610. He saw a larger circle around Saturn, and assumed they were ears! Who discovered Saturn first? Do some
of the Rings intersect? No. Some of the Rings are darker than others, that's how we can see them separately, also, some of them are separated. Moons that orbit in the Rings create some of the gaps, like the Cassini Division and the Encke Gap. Are there solid stretches
in the Rings? Do they have flat land? There is no flat land in the rings. All of the rocks and ice particles merely float around and bang into each other. The only part that is considered flat is on the larger moons. Do the ice and
the rocks fuse together? No. The ice has no possible way to melt, as it is always cold in space. Although there are icy rocks in space. When will we have the
technology to enter Saturn's Rings? Currently it takes 7 years to get to Saturn, as fast as we can travel through space. Once we achieve light-speed, we will be able to enter the Rings. So roughly, it would take about 500 years to perfect the technology. I hope you learned a lot about Saturn! Thanks for watching!
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