An Old Moon of Saturn Might Have Put a Ring on It

New research suggests that the spectacular rings may have been born out of the death of an icy moon of Saturn called Chrysalis. Saturn is also tilted at an angle of 26.7 degrees from the plane of its orbit, but the mechanism that caused this is shrouded in mystery. The authors didn’t simulate the formation of the rings, but relied on previous work in their brief discussion at the end of the paper. The origin of Saturn’s rings is one of the great mysteries of our little corner of the Milky Way.

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