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CLIP 9846

Analysis of Saturn's rings

Analysis of Saturn's rings
Key Info
  • Analysis of Saturn's rings
  • Duration: 04:38
  • Saturn's icy moons have large craters, which suggests one of its moons was previously destroyed and created the rings. Voyager 2 took the first close images of Saturn's rings. Specific detail of the 'shepherd' moons and dust spokes is provided. Images of the moons Mimas and Tethys reveal huge craters leading scientists to suggest the rings were formed from debris from a previous collision. Published as part of the Solar System website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Solar System

  • Keywords: Saturn, ring, rings, Mimas, Tethys, crater, outerspace
Ideas for use in class
  • To describe how scientists think the rings of Saturn were formed and provide detail of their composition.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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