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Well, not quite. But this is a fascinating thing: Some of Saturn's moons - those that orbit within the confines of the rings - are encircled by these bizarro rings of their own. Turns out that instead of hyperdrive generators for alien spacecraft, those are accretion disks piled onto the moons from ring matter. Like this:

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Cool,
Chris

PS: Speaking of icy rings, where is our promised Ice Armageddon here in Kansas? So far lots of freezing rain, but the power remains on. No rampaging mobs of anarchists, no firefights in the streets as people fight for the last remaining drop of fuel to burn in an effort to stay warm, not even a single frozen zombie. *sigh* We never get any real end-of-the-world scenarios here.

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steve98052
Dec. 11th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
That is weird and wonderful. Are those real photographs of moons, illustrations generated from data, or artists' illustrations?
mckitterick
Dec. 11th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Both - they're computer-enhanced photographs. Here are the raw Cassini photos of Saturn's moon, Atlas:

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astartes_girdle
Dec. 11th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
Wow, very coolio images. I'll send you our ice and any more snow we get. I don't want it.
hlmt
Dec. 11th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, FUNK-EEEE! So cool!
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