Humans are polluting space so much that Earth may soon have a "ring" like Saturn
Saturn's rings make it arguably the most photogenic planet in the solar system. First discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610, the rings are made of countless particles comprised primarily of water ice, which form a giant cluster that circles around the planet's central sphere. From a distance they appear quite beautiful, and are even more picturesque when perceived up close.
One doubts that astro-photographers from another planet would have a similar romantic view of the rings that humans are creating around Earth as it becomes increasingly strewn with our space junk. Even so, a new study in the scientific journal Nature describes how humanity's commercial and governmental satellites (and satellite debris) are on course to give Earth its very own ring.
The term "space junk" refers to the 170 million …
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