We Can Thank Saturn for Helping Life to Evolve on Earth

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Models show that if the ringed planet's orbit was just 10% closer in, or even just slightly tilted, its mass would have tugged the Earth into a wildly elongated orbit, causing it to spend part of each year outside the habitable zone.

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But it's yet another factor that could explain the apparent dearth of life in the Galaxy.

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AlphonseBrown
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Thank you for not eating us, Papa Saturn...