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April 12 2013

It's raining on Saturn, and the rings are responsible


Saturn's rings are not just beautiful to look at; it turns out they are also responsible for rain falling on the planet.

Using data collected from the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, scientists found that the amount of "ring rain"--when water particles fall from Saturn's rings onto the planet below--is significantly more than previously thought, and may be responsible for the pattern of dark bands or shadows that appear on the planet's surface.

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