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Jupiter’s rings may be so puny because of its massive moons

For years, scientists have wondered why Jupiter doesn’t have thick, bright rings like neighboring Saturn does, and now they think they might know why. 

Though Jupiter does have faint, nebulous rings  —  as seen in recent images from the James Webb Space Telescope —  they aren’t nearly as prominent as those of Saturn or Uranus. In fact, they are so flimsy that they can’t be seen with standard astronomical equipment. But now, using a sophisticated computer simulation, a team of scientists has discovered a possible explanation for why Jupiter’s rings are not as prominent as its neighbors’: Jupiter’s moons may have prevented ice from settling around the massive planet.

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