Expert Says Long Lost Moon Created Saturn's Rings
We have discovered 82 moons orbiting Saturn so far.
A new study by a team of scientists suggests that there may have been 83 moons once upon a time.
This 83rd Moon may be responsible for the origins of Saturn's rings.
Researchers believe that the orbit of an 83rd Moon became unstable a
nd too close to Saturn.
The Moon suffered what the researchers called a "grazing encounter" and was smashed to piec
Although the gas giant would have swallowed most of the Moon's material and mass, some of it li
kely remained to form Saturn's rings.
Researchers say that the lost Moon's theory is not just an explanation for the origins of Saturn's rings.
It may also help to clarify two other mysteries: Saturn is well-known for its peculiar tilt and strange o
Scientists believed Neptune was Saturn's nearest planet responsible for the tilt.
The researchers did, however, name the lost Moon as Chrysalis.
This could have led to them leaving Saturn with its current tilt
. It is unclear if this long-lost moon theory is the real origin of Saturn's rings.
James Webb Space Telescope is the only one that can provide more information.