Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mars Likely To Become a Ringed Planet

Mars Likely To Become a Ringed Planet
By Nola Taylor Redd
www.scientificamerican.com
11-24-15

     Mars may one day have rings similar to Saturn's famous halo, new research suggests.

In a few tens of millions of years, the Red Planet may completely crush its innermost moon, Phobos, and form a ring of rocky debris, according to the new work. Phobos is moving closer to Mars every year, meaning the planet's gravitational pull on the satellite is increasing. Some scientists have theorized that Phobos will eventually collide with Mars, but the new research suggests that the small moon may not last that long. [...]



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