Saturn's rings are producing 'rain', say scientists

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The rings of the planet Saturn are producing their own 'rain', astronomers believe.

Experts knew there was water in the planet's upper atmosphere - but they weren't sure where it was coming from.

A recent study by Leicester University tracked electrically charged water droplets falling from the rings, onto the planet 36,000 miles below.

Scientists think this 'rain' could have a major impact on the makeup and temperature of Saturn's atmosphere.

They reckon the water droplets are pulled towards the planet by its magnetic field.