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Mars trading a moon for rings?


Phobos. source: Wikipedia

Dr. Benjamin Black, a new faculty in the EAS department, has recently co-authored a new paper in Nature Geoscience describing the (possible) future of Phobos, one of the moons of Mars. Phobos (Mars) and Triton (Neptune) are the only two moons in our solar system that are slowly "approaching" their planets. According to Dr. Black's theory, as Phobos continues to spiral in, it will begin to "shed" its mass, scattering it around the planet and forming a ring or rings similar to those present around larger gas giants like Jupiter or Saturn. This process is likely to occur due to Phobos' highly fragmented, "rubble like" composition constantly exposed to tidal forces forming between planets and their moons.

While the process described by Dr. Black and his colleagues is expected to take another 1 to 100 million years, he is expected to join the Earth & Atmospheric Science Department in the Division of Science in the Spring of 2016. We welcome Dr. Black at CCNY and congratulate him on this latest publication that has already sparked interest in science community.


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