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2010-06-10 06:00:00

For decades, researchers have been puzzled over the origins of Saturn's baby moons, which, according to many models, are so small that they should have been blown to pieces long ago by impacts with asteroids and comets. But a group of researchers from France and Britain now think they have the answer. Saturn's icy rings might have given birth to the planet's odd-shaped, small moons, scientists now believe. Scientists theorize that these unusual moons, some of which resemble flying saucers,...

2007-12-09 14:34:22

The formation of strange flying-saucer-shaped moons embedded in Saturn's rings have baffled scientists. New findings suggest they're born largely from clumps of icy particles in the rings themselves, an insight that could shed light on how Earth and other planets coalesced from the disk of matter that once surrounded our newborn sun. Saturn's rings orbit the planet in a flat disk that corresponds to the planet's equator. Likewise, Earth and the other planets orbit the sun in a fairly flat...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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