rings of Saturn

(redirected from Encke gap)

rings of Saturn

[′riŋz əv ′säd·ərn]
(astronomy)
Circular rings that encircle the planet Saturn at its equator; there are four main regions to the ring system; theory and observations indicate that the rings are composed of separate particles which move independently in the four series of circular coplanar orbits.
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The orbit of the comet was not quite a discovery of Higgs boson magnitude and nor was the Encke Gap, something to do with saturn's rings.
The waves resemble those found in Saturn's F ring and the Encke gap, which were already known to have been generated by moons.
The other ring-bound Saturnian moon, 16-km-wide Pan, orbits along a closer-in clearing called the Encke gap and creates similar wavelike features.