“Super Saturn” Has an Enormous Ring System and Maybe Even Exomoons

Illustration by artist Ron Miller of the gigantic ring system around J1407b. (© Ron Miller)

Illustration by artist Ron Miller of the gigantic ring system around J1407b. (© Ron Miller. Used with permission.)

Astronomers watching the repeated and drawn-out dimming of a relatively nearby Sun-like star have interpreted their observations to indicate an eclipse by a gigantic exoplanet’s complex ring system, similar to Saturn’s except much, much bigger. What’s more, apparent gaps and varying densities of the rings imply the presence of at least one large exomoon, and perhaps even more in the process of formation!

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