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Ring System

  • Billions of small particles orbiting close to their planet in a ring formation
  • All Jovian planets have ring systems

Formation Theories

  • Breakup hypothesis
    • Rings are remains of a shattered moon
    • A passing comet or asteroid might have collided with the moon smashing it into pieces
    • Tidal forces then pulled fragments apart and they created a disk
  • Lacking moon hypothesis
    • Particles were unable to form a moon