How did Saturn get its rings?

Answer The rings of Saturn were discovered in the early 17th century and are hypothesized to be composed of the particles once belonging to one of the planet's ancient moons.DiscoveryIn 1610, Italian astr... Read More »

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Do Saturn's rings rotate with Saturn?

Saturn's rings do rotate with Saturn. Any given particle in the rings, however, may be rotating faster or slower than another, or even in the opposite direction. Each particle has its own individua... Read More »

How old are saturn's rings?

Scientists are not sure exactly how old Saturn's rings are; however, they estimate the rings are around a billion years old. Previously, Saturn's rings were estimated at being only approximately 1... Read More »

What makes the rings of saturn?

Saturn, the sixth planet in our solar system, is instantly recognizable for its rings. While what made up the rings was a question that motivated scientists for centuries, astronomers now know the ... Read More »

How many rings does the planet Saturn have?

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the planet Saturn has thousands of rings. The Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecrafts studied the rings in 1980 and 1981 and found... Read More »