Saturn’s Rings System May Wipe-Off in Few Million Years


Saturn is a second-largest planet after Jupiter in the Solar System. Its ring system is more famous which consists of icy particles and dust particles. But this ring system is going to disappear in future. Icarus, the scientific journal published the research on Monday. Researchers say that the rings could disappear in less than a 100 million years. According to NASA’s new study, the planets gravitational force is pulling the rings inside. The estimation belongs to Voyager 1 & 2 observations which were made previously. Additionally, the scientists call the phenomenon as “ring rain”, which pulls water out of its ring system and into the midlatitude regions of the planet.

James O’Donoghue, the leading author of the study, said a huge quantity of water is drained from Saturn’s rings. Moreover, the extracted water can fill an Olympic sized swimming pool within 30 minutes. James also said that the rings have a life of fewer than 100 million years. Researchers estimated the life of rings by combining current research findings with the previous one. They used Cassini data to study another type of inflow from the rings system. Eventually, scientists came to the conclusion that the incredible structures will be lost within 100 million years. Researchers from the space agency are still trying their best to know more about the rings and their breaking up.

While revolving around the Sun, the sunlight falls of different parts of the rings. The rays charge chunks or say the ring particles. Thus, it changes their response to the gas giants magnetic field. However, Saturn is not the only planet to have rings system. Other planets like Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune also have their rings. The other planet rings are smaller than Saturn. But they may have had big ones at some point, that might have broken down. Although, the ring reduction is one of the natural processes of a planet. James said we are very fortunate to see Saturn’s ring system, and currently, it seems to be in the mid of its lifetime. However, the rings are not permanent at all, and probably planet with thin rings once had giant rings around them.

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