The most recognizable feature of Saturn when we look at images of planets in the solar system is the ring around this star. According to recent findings, in the future humanity will no longer be able to see this belt.
Why would a belt stretching more than 280,000 km around the planet, wide enough to fit 6 of our Earths, be lost? That’s because this belt is made up of rock and ice that regularly receives UV rays from the Sun as well as being bombarded by other meteorites. This makes every second Saturn has to receive a hailstone weighing about 10,000kg, a terrible number when we think that 1 second we have to receive up to 10 tons of bricks and stones falling from the sky.
Humans have discovered these rains since the 1980s, when the Voyager spacecraft detected strange black bands in Saturn’s magnetic field, at which time researchers estimated it would take about 300 million years for this entire belt to disappear. However, based on the data of the “martyr” Cassini in the process of rushing through the atmosphere and crashing directly into Saturn in 2017, the fact that this ring will only be able to exist for 100,000. just another year.
So in the infinite space and time of the universe, we consider ourselves very lucky to still be able to see the wonderful ring around this star