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Saturn Rings are beautiful, but they will not go

The chance is that you would not recognize Saturn without its brand thick band of rings. But if you could travel 300 million years into the future you would need, because then there is a chance that these rings would be gone – and they could disappear even faster. It is concluded that a new study on a phenomenon called "rain rain", which draws water from Saturn's rings and into the planet's mid latitude regions. Combined with earlier research this year using Cassini data to look at another type of inflow from the rings to the planet, which means that the amazing structures could be gone for as little as 100 million years. "We are lucky to be around to see Saturn's ring system, which appears to be in the middle of its lifetime," says leader James O'Guard, space physicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in a statement. "But about the rings is temporary, maybe we just missed seeing giant ring systems of Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, who only have narrow ringlets today! "[Saturn&#821 7;s Glorious Rings in Pictures] We see #Saturn rings at the right time. Researchers appreciate that this spectacular phenomenon is not is more than 100 million years old – a short time under the life of the solar system – and the rings will not last forever. Read more: https://t.co/KWDIKAbwmm pic.twitter.com/upQ9ZlV1wY – NASA Solar System (@NASASolarSystem) December 17, 2018 The new research is dependent on field-based observations gathered over a couple of hours from Hawaii…

The chance is that you would not recognize Saturn without its brand thick band of rings. But if you could travel 300 million years into the future you would need, because then there is a chance that these rings would be gone – and they could disappear even faster.

It is concluded that a new study on a phenomenon called “rain rain”, which draws water from Saturn’s rings and into the planet’s mid latitude regions. Combined with earlier research this year using Cassini data to look at another type of inflow from the rings to the planet, which means that the amazing structures could be gone for as little as 100 million years.

“We are lucky to be around to see Saturn’s ring system, which appears to be in the middle of its lifetime,” says leader James O’Guard, space physicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in a statement. “But about the rings is temporary, maybe we just missed seeing giant ring systems of Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, who only have narrow ringlets today! “[Saturn&#821

7;s Glorious Rings in Pictures]

The new research is dependent on field-based observations gathered over a couple of hours from Hawaii in a special form of hydrogen emitting infrared light. The specific type of hydrogen constitutes “rain rain”, a fox albeit as a scientist has been working to pinch for decades.

Cassini spacecraft captured this amazing view of Saturn and its rings on April 25, 2016.

Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

And the results were sharp: If the right volume of rainfall detected scientists in the few hours, typical of Saturn’s weather forecast, rain would eat a large amount of ice cubes between 925 and 6000 lbs. (420 to 2800 kilograms) every second. That speed, coupled with the current mass of Saturn’s rings, is what allows researchers to calculate the lifetime of 300 million, although the vast range of incident calculations means that there is some uncertainty about the lifetime of the rings.

The fate of the ring looks even uglier in addition to research published earlier this year with the help of Cassini data, which looked at another, even more voluminous type of attack from Saturn’s rings falling into the planet. O & # 39; Donoghue and his co-authors did not include this incidence in the estimates presented in their paper, but suggested in a accompanying statement that the two phenomena combined could go through the rings for more than 100 million years.

The research is described in a paper published yesterday (17 December) in the journal Icarus.

Email Meghan Bartels at [email protected] or follow her @meghanbartels . Follow us @Spacedotcom and Facebook. Original article on Space.com .

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