Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Saturn`s weirdest ring

Mysterious objects appear to be doing some damage to Saturn's weirdest ring, otherwise known as the F ring. Detailed photos taken of the Saturn system by NASA's Cassini orbiter show strange objects about a half-mile (kilometer) wide tearing through Saturn's F ring, the thin outermost discrete ring around the planet. As these objects pass through the ring they drag glittering ice particles out with them, creating visible trails of debris scientists are calling "mini jets." The F ring is held in check by two tiny moons, Prometheus and Pandora which weave in and out of the outer ring occasionally perturbing it.

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