Shocking space! Saturn rings will disappear!

An amazing occurrence in space is set to happen! Saturn rings will disappear very soon. Now, astronomers are busy capturing this celestial view before it fades from view within 18 months.

| Updated on: Nov 11 2023, 21:12 IST
G-2 class geomagnetic storm may hit Earth tomorrow! Check what NASA revealed
1/5 As we are moving closer to the solar cycle 2025, a spike in solar activity has been observed and that means strong geomagnetic storms can be sparked and these can cause real damage to various technologies on our planet. The biggest geomagnetic storm that was actually seen and documented by humanity was the Carrington Event of 1859. This geomagnetic storm virtually destroyed the telegraph systems across a number of countries. (NASA)
2/5 Recently, The NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has tracked a halo-shaped coronal mass ejection (CME) moving toward Earth. According to the data provided by SOHO, this CME will strike Earth tomorrow November 11. It is estimated that this CME can trigger a G2-class geomagnetic storm.  (Pexels)
3/5 As per a report by, “Coronagraphs onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) detected a halo CME leaving the sun. It is heading straight for Earth. NOAA and NASA models agree that the CME should arrive during the late hours of Nov. 11th (UT), bringing a chance of G2-class geomagnetic storms”,  (NASA)
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4/5 As explained by experts, G2-class geomagnetic storms are capable of sparking auroras in the high to mid-latitude regions. It can also attract smaller satellites satellites that are near the lower Earth orbit. One other effect it can have is, that this geomagnetic storm can cause short-wave radio blackouts which in turn can affect mariners, drone pilots, and emergency responders. (Pixabay)
5/5 It should be kept in mind the potential risks caused by this G-2 class geomagnetic storm are still not clear. You can only know about the effects after it hits the Earth. NASA and NOAA keep tracking these storms to record any development and take preventative steps. NASA’s SOHO also helps in collecting data about the sun. it captures images of the sun's corona, measures the velocity and magnetic fields of the sun's surface, and observes the faint corona around the sun. (NASA)
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Saturn's breathtaking rings, observed since Galileo's time, are vanishing within 18 months. (REUTERS)

In 1610, the visionary astronomer Galileo Galilei marvelled at the celestial beauty of the Saturn rings, describing them as resembling "ears." Fast forward to the present day, and these once-distant wonders are now observable to anyone with basic astronomical equipment. However, the clock is ticking on this cosmic spectacle, as recent findings suggest that Saturn rings are on the verge of disappearing from view within the next 18 months.

Cosmic Phenomenon Unveiled

This magnificent display, composed of seven distinct rings, is a cosmic phenomenon thought to be formed from the remnants of comets, asteroids, and moons torn apart by Saturn's colossal gravitational pull. While their exact age is still debated, recent research suggests they might be relative newcomers on the cosmic stage, possibly forming just 400 million years ago – younger than a tenth of Saturn's age, according to an report

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Presently, scientists have noted a gradual disintegration of Saturn's rings into a cascade of icy particles descending into the planet's atmosphere. By 2025, Earth will align with Saturn, rendering its rings nearly invisible as from that viewpoint and angle, they would not be visible.

This vanishing act, however, is a fleeting event. As Saturn completes its 29.5-year orbit, it will gradually tilt, once again revealing the other side of its rings. The peak display is anticipated in 2032, offering a temporary farewell to the disappearing rings while enhancing the visibility of Saturn's moons.

So, in case you want to be a part of these special moments in space, you should get some proper equipment and start recording the event as it unfolds over the next 2 years and more. A good telescope will provide the perfect results for you.

More about Saturn

Saturn, the second-largest planet in our solar system and the sixth from the Sun, stands out with its stunning system of icy rings. While it's not the only planet with rings, Saturn's are unparalleled in their spectacle and complexity. Similar to its fellow gas giant, Jupiter, Saturn is primarily composed of hydrogen and helium. Identified since ancient times and named after the Roman god of agriculture and wealth, Saturn holds the distinction of being the farthest planet from Earth visible to the unaided human eye.

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First Published Date: 11 Nov, 21:12 IST