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What are the rings of Saturn?

Saturn’s rings probably consist of chunks of icy rocks, which hurtle around the planets equator in four plat rings. Twirling with its gleaming rings’ like a top in space.  Saturn is one of the most beautiful planets in our sun’s family.  No other planet has such rings. The rings are believed to consist of countless …

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How did the moon get its craters?

The moon is the earth’s nearest neighbor.  Even a small telescope brings to view the many craters that pockmark the moon’s rugged surface.  Some are miles wide and thousands of feet deep. Scientists believe that the craters were created by ancient volcanoes and by huge meteors crashing into the moon from space.  Rocky mountains and …

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Why does the moon have phases?

As we watch the moon night after night, it seems to change its shape.  These different appearances are called phases. The moon’s rotation around the earth causes the phases. The moon gives off no light of its own.  It reflects the light from the sun.  The sun can light up only one half of the …

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What makes the ring around the moon?

The ring around the moon or sun is caused when the rays of light are bent and reflected by clouds of ice crystals high in the sky.  A big, shining ring of light sometimes appears around the moon.  The ring is not really around the moon—it only seems to be: The “ring around the moon” …

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