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This artist's concept illustrates how charged water particles flow into the Saturnian atmosphere from the planet's rings, causing a reduction in atmospheric brightness.

NASA's new study of water particles is helping scientists better understand Saturn's ring system — NASA's new press release of late-80s music references is helping non-scientists better understand what that means.

Borrowing from Milli Vanilli, the lip sync upset duo of the decade, NASA's announcement "Blame it on the Rain (from Saturn's Rings)" has new science to share about Saturn.

Short version: More rain flows from the rings into its atmosphere than previously thought. Charged water particles also cover larger areas of the planet than previously thought. This clears up some confusion about electron densities at certain latitudes.  

Kevin Baines, a study co-author based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena notes in the news release that, "The ring particles affect both what species of particles are in this part of the atmosphere and where it is warm or cool."

So there you have it. Don't fake sing and then blame it on Saturn's plentiful water particles.

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