Rings

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    • All of the gas giant planets have rings. Saturn has thousands of brightly reflective rings, whereas the others have just a few dark rings. Rings are made of ice or rock particles ranging up to house-size boulders. Collisions among particles keep the rings extremely thin. Rings may be left over from a planet’s formation, or they may be debris from the destruction of moons.

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Astronomy

      Subtopic: Planets

      Keywords: Planets--Origin, Satellites, Saturn, Planetary rings

      Audience: General