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What are Saturn's rings made of?



Distant images make Saturn’s rings appear to be one solid band of rock. However close flybys and studies have provided detailed images of the rings’ arrangement, with precise snaps of some of the unique objects orbiting Saturn. 

Saturn’s rings are an array of rocky and icy fragments, which scientists believe to be pieces of moons, asteroids and comets, according to NASA. The theory is that these giant rocks were shattered into fragments under the force of Saturn’s gravity. The result is a combination of huge, mountain-sized rocks and tiny particles of dust. Many of the larger objects in the planet’s rings are coated in a layer of dust. 



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