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 Post subject: Saturn's Glorious Rings

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI NASA's Cassini spacecraft has recently resumed the kind of orbits that allow for spectacular views of Saturn's rings.


This is a wonderful collection of photos showing different views of Saturn's mysterious rings...well, maybe not all that mysterious, but certainly awe-inspiring beauty!

57:6.5 Shooting stars occur in swarms because they are the fragments of larger bodies of matter which have been disrupted by tidal gravity exerted by near-by and still larger space bodies. Saturn's rings are the fragments of a disrupted satellite. One of the moons of Jupiter is now approaching dangerously near the critical zone of tidal disruption and, within a few million years, will either be claimed by the planet or will undergo gravity- tidal disruption. The fifth planet of the solar system of long, long ago traversed an irregular orbit, periodically making closer and closer approach to Jupiter until it entered the critical zone of gravity- tidal disruption, was swiftly fragmentized, and became the present-day cluster of asteroids.

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