If Dinosaurs Had Telescopes, Saturn Would've Looked A Lot Different
Saturn's inner moons and famous rings might actually be younger than the dinosaurs, according to a new study.By Ethan Weston | March 26, 2016
With its 62 moons and its famous rings, Saturn is one of the busiest planets in our solar system. And a new study in The Astrophysical Journal suggests a lot of those satellites could actually be younger than the dinosaurs.
The scientists behind the study looked at data collected by the Cassini spacecraft, which started orbiting Saturn in 2004, and found something odd about the orbits of the inner moons.
If Saturn's inner moons were as old as most people thought, their orbits didn't reflect it. They hadn't moved out far enough or synced up with their fellow satellites like you'd expect of moons that were billions of years old. Instead, they'd be closer to 100 million years old.