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Planetary Ring Formation is Still a Mystery, Here’s Why

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Channel: Seeker
Categories: Astronomy   |   Physics   |   Science  
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Many of our favorite planets have rings, but how did they get there? These are the competing theories trying to solve this space mystery.

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