The planet Saturn will experience an equinox during the year 2025 that will make At first glance the character of these rings is lost a moment.
The equinox phenomenon occurs when The sun’s rays point directly at the planet’s equator which makes it so that from Earth’s perspective the rings do not reflect light and, therefore, cannot be seen.
The alignment of Saturn’s rings with the light of the sun is a rare phenomenon that creates great anticipation from the scientific and astronomical world.
Una de las imágenes más sorprendentes que tenemos del hermoso planeta Saturno.
Fue tomada por la sonda Cassini de la NASA pic.twitter.com/RY9J6QFgPA
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The equinoxes on our planet occur regularly, twice a year in the months of March and September. However, on Saturn a year lasts 29.4 years on Earth.
The above makes the The solar alignment phenomenon occurs once every 15 years approximately terrestrial.
Saturn’s equinox is visible from planet Earth last time in September 2009while after the event in 2025, the next time for astronomers is October 2038.
Within a year, Saturn’s rings were gone due to a strange event involving the Sun. https://t.co/Y5GWhR3exb
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The real loss of rings
Although at this time it is only an optical illusion that makes the rings of the second largest planet in the world disappear, Solar systemscientists plan that these rings will cease to exist in the future.
According to the scientific community, These rings must have disappeared over hundreds of millions of yearswhich will be explained by the dimensions that comprise it.
As the orbit of the rings reaches a very large distance between 70 thousand and 140 thousand kilometers.
These are thin, ever They are not more than 100 meters thickcharacteristics that make the event to be experienced in just 18 months even more impressive.
NASA: the amazing images of Saturn and its moons taken by the Cassini probe
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