Astronomers are still puzzling over the unprecedented discovery of an asteroid with its own ring system. The asteroid Chariklo, which is 250 kilometers in diameter, and orbits between Saturn and Uranus, displays two rings that are said to be similar in nature to those of Saturn. The leader of a 2014 study said of the discovery, “We weren’t looking for a ring and didn’t think small bodies like Chariklo had them at all, so the discovery – and the amazing amount of detail we saw in the system – came as a complete surprise!”
A new study suggests that the surprising rings are held in place by shepherd moons, but they should only have a life-expectancy of 1 to 100 years. In this episode, we explore the significance of these findings from the Electric Universe perspective.
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