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Painting by Don Dixon, Cosmographica
The Jewel of the Solar System
Few places in the solar system look more beautiful and mysterious than Saturn. Its glittering rings dazzle the eye.
The Short Lives of Planetary Rings
Saturn is not the only planet with rings. Jupiter (left) is encircled by a stream of dust from its inner moons. Radiation and bombardments would destroy this ring in a thousand years if not for the constant supply of new dust from the moons. The shattered pieces of nearby moons also created Saturn’s glittering rings, plus the systems circling Uranus and Neptune. A ring of debris may have surrounded Earth for less than a hundred years after our Moon formed.