Call it whatever you want: God, the Universe, existence or whatever governs the entire galaxy is following Beyonce’s advice: “if you like it put a ring on it”. Mars seems to be the lucky one in this case as specialists believe that the Red Planet will get a ring of its own. This would put her in the large family of planets with rings in our galaxy: Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn and it could also give us fascinating insight as to how planets get their rings in the first place.
This entire process could be unleashed by none other than Phobos, Mars’ giant moon which is a little bit too close for comfort to the Red Planet. Scientists have concluded Phobos comes closer to mars by 7 feet every one century and from here on there are two possibilities: the moon either collides with Mars, breaking the celestial body into pieces, or it simply disintegrates due to the gravitational force.
Either way, Phobos’s destruction might lead to Mars having its own, personal ring. Sadly for us, we will perhaps never be able to witness this event since it might take way too long for it to develop. Two renewed scientists known as Tushar Mittal and Benjamin Black have concluded that a ring system could only be formed on Mars within 20 to 40 million years from now. It is very unlikely that humanity will not live on Earth by that time.
Mittal and Black have also explained that the formation of a ring system can be a 50/50 possibility. When the galaxy was a lot younger, ring formation was a rather uncommon process and this is why Saturn’s condition, for instance, is a special one entirely. Phobos can either collapse and form a ring system or it could simply disintegrate and leave the Red planet as common as it has always been. But we honestly suspect that humans will be on Kepler or any other planet by that time.
The two researchers have also come to the conclusion that Phobos is not as “massive” as it is suspected to be. While it is Mars’ largest moon and could crush anything it lands on, the interior of the moon is suspected to be hollow.
The Red Planet will be getting a ring of its own, but sadly we will not be around to witness this creation. Mankind will be long gone (from Earth, at least) within 20 million years, even less.
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