Of all planets in our solar system, you must agree that Saturn is most immediately recognizable. With their iconic rings, you can choose Saturn immediately, but if NASA researchers are right, we can actually look at the planet’s most eye-catching feature that disappears in front of us.
In a new video, NASA Goddard explains that while we have always seen Saturn with their bold rings, the rings are actually quite young. Estimated to be less than 100 million years old, they are a “new” property of the planet, and they will not stick for a long time.
The rings consist largely of frozen water, and they are actively dumping incredible amounts of ice on earth all the time. A new document indicates that a great deal of 22,000 pounds of material comes from the rings every second and over time it is expected to bleed the rings completely dry.