Violent birth proposed for Saturn’s moon mishmash

Simulation suggests collisions created Titan and smaller satellites

By Nadia Drake, 13:41 PM October 25, 2012

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Saturn’s skies sparkle with the faces of its many moons — some frosted and bright, others darker, honeycombed, or hiding beneath haze. How nature built these worlds from the same set of materials is a conundrum that has eluded scientists for years.

Now, a team suggests that violence early in the solar system’s history produced the many strange moons that rise over Saturn’s ringed horizons.

Giant collisions between an extinct population of much larger Saturnian moons could have ul...

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