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Homework 7 - Kunal Sharma Homework #7 1. The rings of...

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Kunal Sharma Homework #7 1. The rings of Saturn consist mostly of ice and dust. The rings from inner to outward are made up of the D-Ring, C-Ring, a Colombo Gap, Titan Ringlet, Maxwell Gap, B-Ring, Cassini Division, Huygens Gap, A-Ring, Encke Division, Keeler Gap, R/2004 S1, R/2004 S2, F-Ring, Janus Ring, G-Ring, Pallene Ring, and an E-Ring. The rings are believed to be pieces of comets, asteroids, shattered moons that broke up before they reached the planet. Each ring varies in size and orbits at different speeds. The structure of the rings is due to the gravitational effects of the near by satellites. As Saturn rotates around the sun in space, it gathers particles of dust to boulders, made mainly of ice crystals and other impurities. 2. The definition of a planet is any large, natural, spherical object, which orbits a star directly, and is based upon how large the object is. The objects are large enough to not be pulled into any other spherical shape based on their gravity. It generates heat internally nuclear fusion. In this sense, Pluto is a planet. But on the other hand, some argue that the planet of Pluto is smaller than 7 of the moons in the solar system. Pluto unlike all the
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENG 2a taught by Professor Humancore during the Winter '06 term at UC Irvine.

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Homework 7 - Kunal Sharma Homework #7 1. The rings of...

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