Saturn's Iconic Rings Weren't Always There

At one point, Saturn might not have had its iconic rings. That's what an Italian-led team of scientists concluded, according to research in the journal Science. Saturn -- along with the rest of the planets in our solar system -- is about 4.5 billion years old. Its rings, a meager 10 million to 100 million years old.

Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and has more than 50 moons orbiting around it. The video below will tell you more about the haloed gaseous giant.

NASA's Cassini, the spacecraft that observed Saturn, orbited the planet 294 times over a period of 14 years before it was intentionally destroyed, plunging through Saturn's atmosphere as it burned up.

 

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