Does Jupiter Have Rings?


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Jupiter has rings. All four of the solar system's giant planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, have rings. While the famous rings of Saturn, which are composed mainly of ice, are more pronounced, Jupiter's rings are relatively thin and are composed of dust.

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Jupiter's rings were discovered in the 1970s by NASA spacecraft. They are made up of three main sections: two faint outer rings called the gossamer rings, a 4000-mile-wide main ring, and a thick inner ring called the halo. Jupiter's rings appear to be made up of dust from Jupiter's smaller moons that orbit nearby, including Amalthea, Thebe, Adrastea and Metis.

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