Chap 11 Rings, Moons, Pluto - Chapter 11: Rings, Moons, and...

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Chapter 11:Rings, Moons, and Pluto
Jovian Ring SystemsAll four jovian planets have ring systemsSaturn’s rings are extensive; others have smaller,darker ring particles
Jovian Planet RingsWhat are they?Where did they come from?How did they form?Why do the jovian planets have rings?Lookingcloser at Saturn’s rings!
The Roche Limit: the criticaldistance inside which a large moonwill be pulled apart by tidal forces
Rings are always inside theRoche limit, large moons arealways outside
Ring FormationJovian planets all have rings because theypossess many small moons close-inImpacts on these moons are random
Ring FormationJovian planets all have rings because theypossess many small moons close-inImpacts on these moons are random
Ring FormationJovian planets all have rings because theypossess many small moons close-inImpacts on these moons are random
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