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This is the Future of Mars

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Published on Feb 13, 2016

You might be familiar with the majestic rings of Saturn. All the other gas giants - Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune also have planetary rings. But did you know that in a few tens of millions years, our neighbor Mars too will have rings around it?

Martian moon Phobos is slowly losing orbit due to tidal forces. In about 20 to 40 million years the tidal force will be strong enough to pull the moon apart. The debris will form a planetary ring around Mars.

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References:
- 'The demise of Phobos and development of a Martian ring system' by Benjamin A. Black and Tushar Mittal, UC berkeley.
- ESA
- Popsci.com
- NASA

Artwork Credit:
Tushar Mittal/ Celestia Development Team

Music:
Impact Andante by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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