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Saturn Ring Formation

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Saturn Ring Formation
"This piece is an illustration of a theory of Saturn ring formation that was published in Nature and written by Robin Canup. A large Titan-sized moon made of ice and silicate enters Saturn's Roche limit and is torn apart. The silicate core is consumed by Saturn, but the ice remains, eventually forming the beautiful rings we see today. This is a 3D image that went through several iterations. Carolyn Porco was instrumental in providing the technical data that was needed to produce the final piece."

Greg Prichard   © 2011
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