All About Sturns Missing Moon, What Scientists are suggesting?
Scientists speculate that Saturn's missing moon may be concealed within its rings.
With only 150 million years of age, Saturn's rings look to be remarkably young, and if dinosaurs had telescopes, they might have seen a Saturn without rings.
Chrysalis, a fictitious missing moon, may have contributed to Saturn's tilt, according to study published in Science on September 15.
The gas giant's almost 27-degree tilt in relation to its orbit
around the sun is another enigmatic characteristic.
The tilt is too great for the planet to have been knocked over by collisions or to have formed when Saturn did.
A number of simulations were run, and the one that closest matched the data was a fictitious scenario in which Saturn lost a sizable moon.
Chrysalis would have been roughly the size of Iapetus, currently Saturn's third-largest moon; the giant's planetary system today contains 83 moons.
According to the experts, such an encounter may have destroyed the moon, with Saturn likely consuming most of the fragments.