Rings around Saturn. How does that work then ?
There have been a few dumbed down articles in the media about Saturn's rings recently.
I'm still completely baffled by it all.
I would have thought the mutual gravitational pull of each individual lump of rock or ice would have clumped them all together by now.
And this business of the moons passing close by helping to keep the rings in place. How does that work ?
Surely the much larger mass of a moon will simply attract any small debris in it's vicinity so eventually they would suck up all the rings, bit by bit.
Is there a proper explanation of it all somewhere on the web ?Posted 10 years ago
Now THAT is a question!Posted 10 years ago
did you watch Wonders of the Solar System last Sunday? Quite a bit about it on there.Posted 10 years ago
No, I missed that, I read a couple of Cosm articles in The Metro.Posted 10 years ago
It's the idea that the rings are there because of the moons that I don't get.
I can't see how they are there despite the moons.
God made them do it.Posted 10 years ago
Try this for some basic background
Then watch the Wonders of the Solar System on bbc i player, it is a really intresting documntary, i'm hooked on the series.
RustyPosted 10 years ago
The Metro?Posted 10 years ago
Thanks lowey. It'll take a couple of hours to download that with my internet connection.Posted 10 years ago
I'm not very hopeful that it will explain everything though.
I can remember when we had proper science programmes with Raymond Baxter and Michael Burke. Everything seems to be aimed at 10 year olds these days.
I'll watch it anyway and see if I've still got any questions afterwards.
The Metro is a free paper handed out on public transport.Posted 10 years ago
The Metro is written by ten year olds isn't it?
Wonders of The Solar System is great. I think you'll have a lot of your ring related questions answered.Posted 10 years ago
And Wonders of the Solar System is presented by a ten year old…
😉Posted 10 years ago
I marvelled at what the grinning goon Dr Cox was telling me last Sunday. Definitely worth a watch.
(and I don't mean Scrubs)Posted 10 years ago
That wikipedia article mentions stuff like orbital resonance and the planets "shepherding" the rings without going in to the mechanics of how that actually works.Posted 10 years ago
Oh well, I've got about 1/4 of that BBC programme downloaded so far…
I'm pretty sure he's a Professor, Mr B.Posted 10 years ago
I quite like Brian Cox. His obvious enthusiasm for his field is infectious. Plus he made some good music with D-Ream :pPosted 10 years ago
That wikipedia article mentions stuff like orbital resonance and the planets "shepherding" the rings without going in to the mechanics of how that actually works.
The TV programme might be lacking in depth for you then!Posted 10 years ago
Most TV programmes are. That's why I haven't got one.Posted 10 years ago
coincidentally I watched the saturn rings Wonders fo The Univers on iPlayer download on the train into work this morning.
The stuff on orbital resonance was the most interesting bit. Very watchable programme. I have the next one to watch on the way home tonight.Posted 10 years ago
Theirs a rng rownd yuranus 2 totaly freeked me owt when I lukedPosted 10 years ago
dammit, Mark is proving his fakeness 🙁Posted 10 years ago
prof cox was just a stand in keyboard oplayer for d-ream on toptp
wonders of the solar system is very good
its first episode got something like 2million viewers which is excellent for a science programme
sadly dancing on ice at the same time got about 7m which i think you will all agree is a tragic indictment of our countryPosted 10 years ago
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