3 thoughts on “It’s Raining Rings


  1. Ring systems are always temporary. Across the universe, across time, you could probably find a very large number of ringed planets, but at any one time, the number will be pretty small.


    • All four of the gas giant planets in our Solar System have ring systems. William Herschel claimed to have seen the rings of Uranus in 1797, but their existence wasn’t confirmed until 1970s. The rings of Neptune were first detected in the 1980s, and the rings of Jupiter were first detected by Voyager 1 in 1979.


      • I meant more in the sense of it being a tourist attraction if there were such a thing as space tourists. I’ve heard they only remain visible like that for a few millions of years… but I think I read that in Scientific American 20 or so years ago so the sense of it all is rather vague.

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