THE SATURN FAMILY OF STARS AND PLANETS AND MOONS

Known for quite some time, but still strange oddities of the universe; the rather oddly shaped moons of Saturn, Pan and Atlas, have confused scientist for some time now.

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Montage pattern of Saturn and several of its satellites, Dione, Tethys, Mimas, Enceladus, Rhea, and Titan

No- one really knew or could even explain how it was possible that these moons came to be in the form that they are in. These moons, which are only about 20 miles across, have baffled  researchers throughout the years.

After much deliberation, and just as much curiosity, a handful of researchers thought that they may have a few answers to the much debated question of how these moons came to be by studying countless photographs.

Some theories claim that the moons would have started out as very immense cores that originated from the collision that caused the rings to be formed. By starting off as a massive core, it would allow a limitless number of smaller ring particles to bind themselves to the core causing them to form the moon. It was the only explanation given as to why the moons are the shape that they are and the size that they are. Much in the way that the rings of Saturn were formed around the planet is the explanation given as to how the ring-like structure has formed around the moons.

Research that was performed at the Southwest Research institute suggested that Saturn must have had many large moons in its early history. It was suggested that these moons probably were on a collision course with the planet and during the flight towards the planet they caught on fire and the ice shell surrounding them melted. This would leave way for the rock to sink to the centre.

While much of this is still a mystery, many still marvel at the amazing moons surrounding the planet Saturn.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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