Saturn’s rings are sucked back into the planet

An artist’s impression of what Saturn might look like in the next 100 million years. The inner rings disappear when it rains on the planet first, followed by the outer rings very slowly. (Image credit: NASA/Cassini/James O’Donoghue)

Saturn’s rings are disappearing, and we don’t know how long they will remain.

Astronomers have known this since the 1980s SaturnThe inner ice rings are steadily eroding in the upper atmosphere. Heavy rainfall occurs at a rate as high as an Olympic pool of water It’s raining On the gas giant daily. However, how fast is the Iconic ring system It shrinks—what determines when it will go away—remains an open question.

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