Subject: Why are planetary rings and accretion discs so flat
Date: Tue Dec 14 04:04:48 1999
Posted by Tore Johnsen
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Area of science: Astronomy
If the rings of Saturn are the remnants of two or more large objects that
collided, why are they so two-dimensional that they can hardly be seen
edgewise? Why don't we have a Saturn "donut"?
If the solar system was created from a "shapeless" gas cloud, why did it
suddenly assume such an extremely flat disc shape? The ecliptic (for the
inner planets)is still very flat.
Re: Why are planetary rings and accretion discs so flat
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