A new look at Saturn's rings

New information from space missions suggests Saturn's rings may be older and have more mass than scientists thought

By Jennifer Cutraro, 00:00 AM October 24, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This portrait of Saturn’s rings looks toward the northern side, which is not lit by the sun. Sunlight lights up the rings from below, though, and light not reflected scatters through the rings' particles, making them glow.

 

This portrait of Saturn’s rings looks toward the northern side, which is not lit by the sun. Sunlight lights up the rings from below, though, and light not reflected scatters through the rings' particles, making them glow.

 

JPL/NASA, Space Science Institute

Many students know that to figure out the age of a tree, you count the number of rings that make up its trunk. The tree adds another ring each year. But what if you wanted to know the age of the rings that surround the planet Sa...

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