Extraordinary claims. Ordinary investigations.

What if Earth had rings like Saturn?

The view from afar would be somewhat familiar, after all, we know Saturn. Now, can you picture how the rings would appear viewed from Earth’s surface: Paris, Rio, somewhere near Greenland? What would be its appearance at day, by night? You can check it above, and wonder what myths of creations, what religions would it inspire.

A fabulous work of imagination by Roy Prol. Imagination, but not pure fantasy! We don’t have rings around our planet, but we could have. The rings rendered by Prol respect the Roche limit, and the most curious thing is, we may have had rings not that different from those.

With not very pleasant consequences.

Astronomer John O’Keefe speculated that the planet may have formed “a ring system like that of Saturn” at the end of the Eocene, which lasted “between one and several million years”. As can be seen on Prol’s animation, the rings, despite their beauty, would block part of the Sun’s radiation, causing a global cooling.

In the end of the Eocene it may have caused global extinction, but could this be the most beautiful fix for global warming?

Below, a bonus video by Prol, this one more close to fantasy, about the applications of an “anti-water” device.

[via Geeks Are Sexy]

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

Popularity: 2% [?]

Posted in Science | 5 comments

5 Comments so far

  1. a guy November 20th, 2009 4:06 pm

    earth couldnt develop rings like saturn because we dont have shepherding moons

  2. los anillos de la Tierra | El TachiBlog November 22nd, 2009 8:38 pm

    […] en: Forgetomori Share this Post: Tagged with: 3D Studio Max, […]

  3. Expat November 22nd, 2009 9:05 pm

    Rings don’t need shepherd moons to form. Moons keep their edges “sharp”. For example the animation shows gaps in the ring system that can only form because of moons, so that’s not quite accurate. They might be located in resonance positions with the Moon’s orbit, but I think there are just too many. Also, because of the Moon’s mass and relative vicinity to Earth, I think the rings would have funny tidal waves and spiral structures.

  4. […] I want this.  It would make clothes dryers and salad spinners obsolete. [Found here.] […]

  5. Brent July 30th, 2011 8:01 pm

    I wonder if we could cool down Venus and make it habitable with rings.

Leave a reply

Live Comment Preview