Scientists say they have discovered what may be the birth of a new moon within the rings of Saturn, according to BBC News.
If the object is a new moon it will be the ringed planet’s 63rd. It has been informally named “Peggy.”
“Witnessing the birth of a tiny moon is an exciting, unexpected event,” Linda Spilker, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told BBC.
It is estimated that Peggy may be approximately half a mile in diameter and scientists believe it is made of ice.
Scientists noticed a bump or distortion on the edge of a ring around Saturn, which led them to believe it was a new moon forming.
“All we know is that something is there — what we can track is the effect of an object in the rings perturbing the particles around it, creating a disturbance in the rings,” Professor Carl Murray, lead…
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