Friday, December 13, 2013

Rings Are Old, Old

From the huge American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco: Data from the Cassini spacecraft shows that Saturn's Rings are 4.4 billion years old, nearly as old as the solar system. Space.com article . Calculations show that without replenishment the Rings would erode away in less than 100 million years. On Enceladus Cassini has seen jets of volatiles erupt into Space to feed the E Ring. Saturn's Rings show conditions similar to the solar system's formation. The Ring system would be an excellent place to look for tiny Black Holes.

3 Comments:

Blogger Ralph Buttigieg said...

Why? Whats the link between the rings and black holes?

Ralph

10:19 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Hello Ralph: The presence of tiny hidden black holes could maintain the rings over billions of years, and account for the many unexplained phenomena in the rings.

11:55 AM  
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