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

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Caption: This simulation shows how moons are created at the edge of Saturn’s rings, and how they move away due to tidal interactions with the planet and the rings. This video 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: Simulation courtesy of Sébastien Charnoz

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