The rings of Saturn are made up of tiny particles/rocks/ice that all orbit Saturn. Each individual particle is bound to its orbit because of Saturn's gravity, but each particle also pulls on all of its neighbor particles as well. Shouldn't Saturn's rings have collapsed into moons or satellites by now? What is keeping the rings rings and not letting them turn into moons/satellites?
closed as off-topic by DarkDust, Nathan Tuggy, Saiboogu, uhoh, Jan Doggen Mar 9 '18 at 20:07
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