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Saturn loses its rings: Every half an hour for an olympic swimming pool of water look like
Science & Planet The planet Saturn is known for centuries for its rings. But that are little by little disappearing. About 300 million years they are gone, and perhaps you already about 100 million years. “That is pretty short if you look at the age of Saturn and of more than 4 billion years," according to researchers from the American space agency NASA.

The rings of Saturn consist of water ice, dust and stones. The gravity of the planet pulls on them, but at the same time, turning them with such high speed that she managed to escape. That balance is sometimes disturbed.

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Then it falls a part to Saturn, a phenomenon that ‘ringenregen’ is called. “We estimate that every half hour, an olympic-sized swimming pool of water from the rings is removed,” say the researchers. the

The Voyager probes did around 1980 already discovered that the ice raining at Saturn. The probe Cassini has last year research was done during his last dives, before he himself was swallowed up by Saturn.

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