NASA discovers Saturn is losing its rings

NASA has confirmed that Saturn is losing its rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 & 2 observations made decades ago.

The space agency says the rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn's magnetic field.

According to James O'Donoghue of NASA, the amount of 'ring rain' being drained could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in 30 minutes.

Based on that current rate, and research carried out by the Cassini spacecraft, the rings have less than 100 million years to live.

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