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Saturn Put A Ring On It Relatively Recently, Study Says

A new study shows that Saturn's rings are only 10 million to 100 million years old, much younger than the planet itself.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observed Saturn on June 6, 2018. Source: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC) and the OPAL Team, and J. DePasquale (STScI)

Saturn is famous for its lovely rings, but a new study suggests the planet has spent most of its 4.5 billion years without them.

That's because the rings are likely only 10 million to 100 million years old, according to a in the journal that's based on findings from NASA's Cassini probe.

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