So my story takes place on a moon orbiting a gas giant about the size of Jupiter and I was wondering if it was at all possible for a planetary ring to exist beyond the planet's Roche limit. I understand that there are some tiny bands of dust that exist beyond the Roche limit of planets that could be considered "rings" but I was wondering about a large and easily visible ring.
The idea is that this "ring" would exist between the orbit of two of the moons in my planetary system. I guess the origin of the ring would be some kind of collision that blew a moon apart into a whole bunch of tiny pieces. I thought maybe since the moons in this system are rather big, (one is the size of earth, one the size of Mars and there are many smaller moons) that these large moons would create orbital resonances with the ring material that would prevent it from accreting into a new moon.
I was thinking this could work in a similar manner to the way that Jupiter prevents the asteroid belt from accreting. I am also wondering if these resonances could cause small bits of ring material to deorbit and cause meteor showers.
I know, a tough question for sure. Maybe I should have asked it in the astrophysics SE or something but I know there are some pretty smart people in this SE so I hope I'll get some answers. Thanks in advance! (: