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Recipe for making Saturn's rings


Simulations show that the still-mysterious origin of Saturn's vast, icy rings could be explained by the 'peeling' by Saturn's tides of the icy mantle of a large satellite migrating towards the planet. See Letter p.943

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Figure 1: Canup's model for the formation of Saturn's icy rings7.


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Crida, A., Charnoz, S. Recipe for making Saturn's rings. Nature 468, 903–905 (2010).

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