Why does Saturn have rings?

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Saturn is famous for the beautiful rings that it wears! Even though Saturn is not the only planet with rings (Neptune, Uranus, and Jupiter have rings too!), its rings are the most well-known because they are the biggest and most impressive.  

Saturn’s rings are mostly made up of pieces of ice and rock, some of which are tiny and dust-like, and some of which are as huge as things like cars and even schools! Scientists believe that Saturn has these awesome rings because it’s so big and has lots of moons, meaning it has a stronger pull of gravity than other “ring-less” planets like Earth. According to this idea, it’s this stronger pull of gravity that causes the ice and rock to orbit all around Saturn in these neat ring-like patterns!

No one knows exactly why or how all of this ice and rock got pulled in so close to Saturn in the first place. One idea is that the rings are made from the dust of Saturn’s many moons, which might have come from asteroids hitting these moons. The particles that make up the rings could also come from asteroids or comets that have hit Saturn itself. Another idea is that the rings are made up of leftover pieces from other, old moons that once orbited Saturn but broke up, or that they’re made up of particles that remain from when Saturn was first formed!

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