According to experts, Saturn's renowned rings might be the result of a moon blasted apart by the planet's gravity.

According to findings from the last stage of NASA's Cassini mission, Saturn may have remained ringless for nearly all of its 4.5 billion-year history.

An inner moon got too near to the gas giant, causing it to be ripped apart and leave a trail of broken frozen pieces in its wake.

Chrysalis is the name given to the mythical missing moon.

“Just like a butterfly’s chrysalis, this satellite was long dormant and suddenly became active, and the rings emerged,”

Wisdom's team set out to explain why Saturn's axis is inclined by around 27 degrees.

The tilt was predicted to be caused by Saturn being caught in a gravitational resonance with Neptune, according to theoretical models.

The Cassini mission, which orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017, provided information on everything from Saturn's core composition to the dynamics of the planet's 83 moons.

These new information revealed that Saturn had slipped through Neptune's grip at some time in the past.