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Saturn has a fuzzy core, spread over more than half the planet’s diameter

07/05/2021 02:47 PM | Click to read full article

One of Saturn’s rings has revealed properties of its core, hidden deep beneath the planet’s golden atmosphere.

That core isn’t the lump of rock and ice that many scientists had envisioned, the new study finds. Instead, the core is diffuse, pervaded by huge amounts of hydrogen and helium and so spread out that it spans 70,000 kilometers.