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Could Regular Moons Come From Ring Systems? (1 of 5)

Caption: Artist's view of Neptune with massive rings, giving birth to its satellite system. This image relates to a paper that appeared in the Nov. 30, 2012, issue of Science, published by AAAS. The paper, by Aurélien Crida at the Université de Nice Sophia–Antipolis in Nice, France, and colleagues was titled, "Formation of Regular Satellites from Ancient Massive Rings in the Solar System."

Credit: Image courtesy of Frederic Durillon | animea

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