Saturn is Losing Its Rings

John Morgan, staff

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We all know and love the famous gas giant Saturn. Named after the Roman Saturn, the planet is mostly known for its rings. However, NASA scientists have made observations from the Voyager probes that passed by Saturn in 1981. What tipped scientists off, was they noticed dark bands in the planet’s upper atmosphere. Later they found ice particles from Saturn’s rings being pulled by the magnetic field into the planets where these dark bands were appearing. This was how it was concluded that Saturn would be ringless, but this will take about 100 million years for the rings to vanish completely. As for now it is raining ice on some parts Saturn. Of course, the ice evaporates in Saturn’s atmosphere. But for now we get to enjoy a golden moment in Saturn’s history.