A recent study, a pre-existing moon named Chrysalis likely left Saturn with its bright rings and extreme tilt.Saturn has a tilt of 26.73 degrees and is unlikely to have had a tilt during its formation stages.Currently, Neptune, Uranus and Saturn have a substantial tilt, suggesting that this feature did not arise during the formation stages. Various theories suggest that Saturn got its tilt due to gravitational interactions with its neighbour Neptune.
But the new study argues that Saturn is no longer under Neptune’s gravitational influence.Further, it stated that instead, Titan — Saturn’s largest satellite — may have been responsible, as per observations from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which orbited Saturn from 2004-2017.Titan’s Migration: Titan is migrating from Saturn at about 11 centimetres per year, 100 times faster than previous estimates.Titan’s fast migration caused the planet to tilt further, reducing Nepturn’s gravitational influence on Saturn.
Role of Former Moon (Chrysalis)
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