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Wednesday November 25, 2015

Mars May Become A Ringed Planet Someday

Looks like the Red Planet may be joining Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in the esteemed ring club.

In a few tens of millions of years, the Red Planet may completely crush its innermost moon, Phobos, and form a ring of rocky debris, according to the new work. Phobos is moving closer to Mars every year, meaning the planet's gravitational pull on the satellite is increasing. Some scientists have theorized that Phobos will eventually collide with Mars, but the new research suggests that the small moon may not last that long.