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  • 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 ?

    Premier Icon coffeeking
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    Now THAT is a question!

    Premier Icon retro83
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    did you watch Wonders of the Solar System last Sunday? Quite a bit about it on there.

    No, I missed that, I read a couple of Cosm articles in The Metro.
    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.

    Premier Icon lowey
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    all you need to know.

    Premier Icon mastiles_fanylion
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    God made them do it.

    Premier Icon Rusty Mac
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    Try this for some basic background

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rings_of_Saturn

    Then watch the Wonders of the Solar System on bbc i player, it is a really intresting documntary, i'm hooked on the series.

    Cheers

    Rusty

    Premier Icon deadlydarcy
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    The Metro?

    Thanks lowey. It'll take a couple of hours to download that with my internet connection.
    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.

    Premier Icon deadlydarcy
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    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.

    Premier Icon mastiles_fanylion
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    And Wonders of the Solar System is presented by a ten year old…

    😉

    Premier Icon DezB
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    I marvelled at what the grinning goon Dr Cox was telling me last Sunday. Definitely worth a watch.

    (and I don't mean Scrubs)

    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.
    Oh well, I've got about 1/4 of that BBC programme downloaded so far…

    Premier Icon Pook
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    I'm pretty sure he's a Professor, Mr B.

    Premier Icon lowey
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    I quite like Brian Cox. His obvious enthusiasm for his field is infectious. Plus he made some good music with D-Ream :p

    Premier Icon retro83
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    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!

    Most TV programmes are. That's why I haven't got one.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    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.

    Premier Icon Mark Datz
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    Theirs a rng rownd yuranus 2 totaly freeked me owt when I luked

    Premier Icon DezB
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    yuranus

    dammit, Mark is proving his fakeness 🙁

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    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 country

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