Rings in the Solar System: A Short Review

  • Sébastien CharnozEmail author
  • Aurélien Crida
  • Ryuki Hyodo
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Rings are ubiquitous around giant planets in our Solar System. They evolve jointly with the nearby satellite system. They could form either during the giant planet formation process or much later as a result of large-scale dynamical instabilities either in the local satellite system or at the planetary scale. We review here the main characteristics of rings in our Solar System and discuss their main evolution processes and possible origin. We also discuss the recent discovery of rings around small bodies.



SC acknowledges the financial support of the UnivEarthS Labex program at Sorbonne Paris Cité (ANR-10-LABX- 0023 and ANR-11-IDEX-0005-02), as well as CNES funding.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sébastien Charnoz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aurélien Crida
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ryuki Hyodo
    • 4
  1. 1.Université Paris Diderot/Institut de Physique du GlobeParisFrance
  2. 2.Université Côte d’Azur/Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, LagrangeNiceFrance
  3. 3.Institut Universitaire de FranceParisFrance
  4. 4.Earth-Life Science Institute/Tokyo Institute of TechnologyTokyoJapan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Agustín Sanchez Lavega
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad del País VascoBilbaoSpain

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