Over a long period of time, rings of Saturn, Uranus, and Jupiter have managed to keep everyone interested in such planetary structure. However, these planets are far from the only objects in our solar system to contain rings. Recently, scientists have developed the first complete simulation of Chariklo’s ring although it was revealed that the rings are might be short lived compared to others.
If you didn’t know, Chariklo orbits the sun between Saturn and Uranus and have its own rings made up with ice and rocky debris. Although it’s pretty difficult to completely understand how the ring structure works, scientists have started to use simulations to understand how the particles in the rings behave.
Interestingly, the model created by the scientists have revealed that the rings are interacting in ways which aren’t sustainable like a complete planet and both of the rings are likely to disappear in around 100 years. In a press release, Eiichiro Kokubo, a theoretical astronomer at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan has said that there might be a satellite which is keeping the ring together. If we can manage to discover something like that in future, it would clearly give us new perspective into Saturn’s rings and how the planet’s 62 moons might be affecting its rings.
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