23 November 2009
If Earth had Rings
Posted by Ryan Anderson
There’s a great video making the rounds showing what it would look like if Earth had a ring system like Saturn’s, including some gorgeous views from the ground. Of course, rings probably wouldn’t be stable with our moon, or at least would look very different, but that doesn’t take away from the coolness of this video. Enjoy!
They also show the light side of the rings only. The rings look like scaled down Saturn’s rings, so during local winter, the B-ring-analog will be dark, and cause darkness when the Sun is behind it.
Yeah, it would have been cool to show some ring “eclipses”. I guess the rings would make winters even colder because they would block some of the sunlight…
Here’s where I think the gaps ought to show up if they were lunar resonances:
Of course, that assumes the ring somehow forms after the Moon is in its present position.
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Hey readers, you should go check out Joe’s full post about Earth rings: http://josephshoer.com/blog/?p=356