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May 27, 2011

if Earth had rings like Saturn

despite the soundtrack, this is pretty cool :: click below to watch ::


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With such spectacular evidence to the contrary, the notion that the Earth is flat would never have developed.

I suspect we'd have colonized other planets by now if the Earth had rings.

Posted by: Bismuth at May 27, 2011 1:19 PM

"Despite the soundtrack"

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Posted by: DmL at May 27, 2011 1:36 PM

Agreed. Cool images to contemplate. Kudos to the maker. Roy Prol and the Other one as well.

Posted by: Shelley Noble at May 27, 2011 5:24 PM

Really neat, but the images of the full earth with a shadow cast by the rings made me wonder if there would be long or permanent twilights in certain locations and how that would change their ecosystems.

Posted by: Maryann at May 27, 2011 7:04 PM

Aw, dammit, now I want the earth to have rings.

Posted by: Kevin Miller at May 28, 2011 10:53 AM

Nearly every one of the pieces of architecture shown in the video would not exist as they do. Nearly every large building would be built with a design that caused it to somehow use the rings for dramatic effect.

The world religions would be different, every culture would have a myth that explained the rings. We might not have yet been to the moon, as most early space exploration would have focused on the rings.

Of course, science might have progressed faster due to having such an obvious and interesting thing to study hanging in the sky.

Posted by: Josh at May 29, 2011 5:45 PM

Sounds cool, but not practical for a planet with life. The rings r not a solid mass as every knows. Its a bundle of gas and dust particles. I suppose if earth had such rings, there would not be life in that patch of the rings.

Posted by: Salil at May 30, 2011 8:13 AM

in this video ...in some of the southern hemisphere it is always night!

Posted by: Alex at May 30, 2011 8:41 AM

If the earth had rings, it'd have totally screwed up any shot at a space program. Any orbit at the altitude of the rings crosses (or is coincident with) the equator. Guess what happens to vehicles/satellites that smack through that at orbital speeds?

Posted by: anon at May 30, 2011 9:20 PM

I wonder how it would affect the visibility of the stars themselves. A bright full moon renders many of the dimmer stars invisible. A bright ring covering a good portion of the sky on all nights? The ancients would never see 90% of them. Galileo's telescope would have never picked out the moons of Jupiter or the phases of Venus which was the prime evidence used to support Copernicus' theory of a heliocentric solar system.

We wouldn't have been able to figure out that we live in a galaxy or known of other galaxies until we went into space. And, with few heavenly bodies, we might not have been that fascinated with space or cared about a space program.

I was camping this weekend, and spent hours looking at the night sky. Without the city lights, it is beautiful and mysterious. We'd be a completely different civilization if we never were able to gaze upon the multitude of stars that inhabit our sky.

Posted by: David W. at May 30, 2011 10:57 PM

He didn't really talk about the "ring shadow", which would move North and South depending on the time of year. Might affect crop growth, daylight hours, gravitational pull.

Posted by: Seth at May 31, 2011 12:53 PM

With such spectacular evidence to the contrary, the notion that the Earth is flat would never have developed.

That notion didn't develop, at least not in recent history. Humans have known the earth is spherical for thousands of years. See Myth of the Flat Earth.

Posted by: Mark Jaquith at June 1, 2011 1:31 AM

really interesting stuff :D i like this <3

we need a ring now :P

Posted by: randy at June 5, 2011 10:07 AM

if earth had a ring them it will look awsome ^_^

coz earth is the beautiful planet in this universe and that ring will give more beauty but at that time no sattlites i think :P

Posted by: priya at June 5, 2011 10:09 AM

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