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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

New Large Ring Discovered Around Saturn

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered an enormous ring around Saturn — by far the largest of the giant planet's many rings. 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. More from NASA JPL, the BBC, The New Scientist, and Science News.

3 comments:

Chris Brown said...

I think this is crazy people should really find something to do with there time...

JackKennedy said...

Planetary scientists are in the business of discovery and exploration and sharing the knowledge. That is a very worthy way to spend time.

constant gina said...

There is so much more in the universe I would love to find out more about..!!!