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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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