According to Gizmodo, Saturn’s rings are dissolving faster than expected and could be gone in 100 million to 300 million years. New research published in the journal Icarus claims the rings are being assaulted by the planet’s gravity and magnetic field, triggering the phenomenon which has been dubbed “ring rain.” According to NASA scientists, the rings are stuck between Saturn’s gravitational pull and the orbital tugs drawing them outward into space. Researchers estimate that 4,400 pounds of water are pouring out from Saturn’s rings each second. At that rate, the rings should be gone in about 292 million years.

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