Why does Jupiter have rings?
were discovered in 1979 by the passing
Voyager 1 spacecraft,
but their origin was a mystery.
Data from the
Galileo spacecraft that orbited
Jupiter from 1995 to 2003 later confirmed that
were created by
meteoroid impacts on
small nearby moons.
As a small meteoroid strikes tiny
for example, it will
bore into the moon, vaporize, and explode dirt and dust off into a
is an eclipse of the Sun by
Jupiter, as viewed from Galileo.
Small dust particles high in
as well as the
dust particles that
compose the rings,
can be seen by