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The Ultimate Sacrifice

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The Ultimate Sacrifice
"A Titan-sized moon passing too close to Saturn sheds its outer layers to form the planet's majestic rings."

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Steven Hobbs   © 2010
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Alliance Member Comments
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Apr 7, 2011 at 12:48 PM):
Leena Jose: Not so. One expects an azimuthally uniform ring from any cloud of debris in orbit because of differential rotation. And if the material is collisional, then conservation of angular momentum would make it spread in radius, so long as it isn't dynamically confined.
Leena Jose (Apr 1, 2011 at 1:39 AM):
This theory is True but I personally feel there is more to this theory, the rings are too wide and uniformly spread around the planet for a passing by object to disintegrate and form such a complex ring system.