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  Uranus: Astronomy: Uranus - Ring-SLIM RINGS
Posted on Saturday, December 11 @ 01:24:23 CST by astronomy
 
 
  Uranus

SLIM RINGS

In March 1977, astronomers watched Uranus slide in front of a 9th magnitude star and discovered that Uranus has rings. The Voyager 2 flyby confirmed that Uranus has 11 rings, as well as several ring-arcs, or partial rings.



Unlike Saturn's grand ring system, Uranus's rings are gauzily thin and difficult to detect from Earth. Most of the rings are not circular, being tugged out of shape by "shepherd" moonlets

 
 
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