Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Saturn's Rings to Disappear Tuesday

Saturn's Rings to Disappear Tuesday, article.
Only ten meters thick! Astonishing.


Pascal [P-04referent] said...

Given the size of the planet, and the typical astronomical scales, yes, it IS pretty amazing.
Then again, maybe it's this thin precisely because it's a big planet. Maybe the strong gravitational field doesn't allow much straying from the equilibrium orbit plane.

Saturn also has another incredible feature: two of its moons actually keep swapping their orbits. Check Wikipedia for details.

TC [Girl] said...

Isn't this a BOOTIFUL picture, guys?! :-D