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NASA Probe Observes Meteors Colliding With Saturn’s Rings

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Cornell

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Cornell

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn’s rings.

These observations make Saturn’s rings the only location besides Earth, the moon and Jupiter where scientists and amateur astronomers have been able to observe impacts as they occur. Studying the impact rate of meteoroids from outside the Saturnian system helps scientists understand how different planet systems in our solar system formed.

Read more at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/cassini20130425.html

 

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