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Japanese Scientists Discover that Saturn's Rings Will Dissipate

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second-largest in the Solar System. It is known for the colorful rings surrounding it, made up of rock and icy materials. These rings consists of colors such as pink, red, brown or gray.

These rings are vanishing and in fact, according to Japanese scientists who study the planet, the rings will no longer be around in about 300 million years. This is attributed to the impact of micrometeorites and the sun's radiation

Up until the 1980s astronomers believed that Saturn’s rings were created about 4.6 billion years ago, when the planet was formed. It wasn’t until NASA’S Voyager spacecraft captured more up close and detailed images that this idea was debunked. After studying the Voyager's images and seeing that the rings did not have as much mass as expected, the scientists concluded that Saturn’s rings are closer to 10 to 100 million years old. Another spacecraft in 2017, named Cassini, was also able to support the Voyager’s discoveries.

Overall, the origins of Saturn's rings are unknown but hopefully with more exploration of the cosmos there will be a more accurate explanation of how and why our solar systems do not remain static.

[Sources: The Atlantic; USA Today; NASA]

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