Saturday, November 21, 2009

if earth had rings like saturn

here is a nice fantasy animation showing what the views might be from earth's surface if we had a ring system!

UPDATE: an interesting discussion on the implications of earth having rings is up at quantum rocketry.


Eva said...

Very pretty!, but it would make astronomical observations quite difficult.

Dr. Lemming said...

Wouldn't the non-equatorial orbit of the moon put some serious non-planar deviations in them?

Steve Hall said...

What would be the astrophysical/geophysical implications of an Earth ring system?

The animation was stunning...almost makes me wish we did have rings!

Thanks again, Amanda!

Rik Gern said...

When we look "from the outside in" at Saturn's rings they look banded. If we had banded rings around our planet would we see the bands (looking "from the inside out", that is), or would the rings look white, like they did in the animation?

Great images--thanks!

heroineworshipper said...

It already has rings in the form of man made debris. & we do mean man.