Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun in our solar system, is known for its spectacular and iconic rings. These rings, primarily composed of countless ice particles and small pieces of rock, encircle the planet in a mesmerizing display of natural beauty. The stunning structures, visible mainly through telescopes, have fascinated astronomers and space enthusiasts for centuries. Recent studies suggest that these structures disappear after millions of years. But by 2025, those eager to photograph the famous rings will disappear from public view due to an optical illusion, according to a report. Metro.
Saturn is not in perfect alignment with Earth – it is tilted at an angle of 9 degrees. By 2024, the angle will have decreased to about 3.7 degrees.
After a year, Saturn’s axis will shift from its current tilt to vertical as it moves away from Earth, making the rings appear as a thin horizontal strip parallel to Earth. This makes this structure very thin to look at. To understand it better, it is like holding a sheet of paper parallel to our eyes.
This event will last until 2032, when the bottom of the rings will emerge.
How did these rings form?
Our solar system and its planets formed about 4.6 billion years ago, but according to the US space agency, these structures are relatively new.
NASA said Saturn’s rings are thought to be fragments of comets and asteroids that broke up before reaching the planet and were torn apart by its powerful gravitational pull. They are composed of billions of tiny ice cubes and rocks coated with other materials such as dust.
Saturn’s ring system extends 282,000 kilometers from the planet, although the vertical height is typically about 30 feet across the seven main rings.
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