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Uranus’s moons set on collision course with one another

The space around Uranus (pictured) has grown quite crowded. The seventh planet from the sun boasts an impressive collection of 27 naturally occurring satellites, many named for Shakespeare characters. And according to New Scientist, at least a few of them appear to be on a collision course fit for a theatrical tragedy. Based on new measurements achieved by calculating the moon Cressida’s gravitational pull on one of Uranus’s rings, scientists have discovered that the moon is denser than its cousins orbiting Saturn—so dense in fact that the researchers predict it will collide with its neighbor, Desdemona, in about a million years.

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