'Super Saturn' Has Ring System That Stretch Tens Of Millions Of Kilometers, Possible Exomoons Too

January 28, 2015 9:08 PM

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'Super Saturn' Has Ring System That Stretch Tens Of Millions Of Kilometers, Possible Exomoons Too

Imagine if Saturn had rings that stretched for tens of millions of miles through the solar system. The rings would be brighter than a full moon and easily seen in the night sky. That would be a reality if we were living on the newly discovered J1407b, a planet outside our solar system, researchers from the University of Rochester said. Dubbed a "Super Saturn," the planet is surrounded by 30 rings that are heavier and longer than those in Saturn's famed ring system.

The rings surrounding J1407b are not the only exciting thing about the planet or brown dwarf. The rings contain enough material that moons can form within the system and there are spaces that indicate the possibility of such "exomoons." A brown dwarf is an object that's somewhere between a planet an...

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