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Date: 11/30/09 07:01 AM

76 Responses to Earth With Rings: What If? [Vid]

  1. Profile photo of Grifo
    Grifo Male 30-39
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    November 23, 2009 at 9:40 pm
    Link: Earth With Rings: What If? - What Earth would look like with rings like Saturn.
  2. Profile photo of ggolbez
    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 7:26 am
    There would also be a large portion on the southern hemisphere that would be in shadow the majority of the time. This in turn would affect the climate drastically.

    But I digress, all the cool planets have rings. We should install some.

  3. Profile photo of Dakkar
    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 7:34 am
    The Earth will eventually have a ring system when the Moon is tidally disrupted. Can`t remember the time frame, but the Moon will stop moving away from Earth at some point and start to slowly creep closer.

    Then Earth`s pull will tear it apart once inside the Roche lobe and we should have a thin ring.

  4. Profile photo of Pilanus
    Pilanus Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 7:38 am
    Okay, that is awesome... How do we make it happen?
  5. Profile photo of TopperHey
    TopperHey Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 7:40 am
    Aestheticly nice. I think the moon`s gravity would make a complete mess of them though.
  6. Profile photo of Qwertyuiop95
    Qwertyuiop95 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 7:44 am
    Eh, rings are for those fancy show-off planets in the outer solar system.
  7. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 7:56 am
    "ave maria" is always a good decision, i really wish we had rings now. imagine all the ancient stories we missed out on concerning them if they had existed.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 7:59 am
    Okay, that is awesome... How do we make it happen?

    lol. We don`t. I doubt this will ever happen, ie; the sun will engulf the earth before `tidal effects` break up the moon.

    Anyway, it would make satellites of any kind impossible.

  9. Profile photo of Tonyjet
    Tonyjet Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:02 am
    that settles it... lets blow up the moon and make this happen
  10. Profile photo of cleminem9919
    cleminem9919 Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:16 am
    lets trash the moon, and get us some rings! but make them like a crystal that would break up the light and make it look like a trippy rainbow.
  11. Profile photo of Isseepy
    Isseepy Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:16 am
    "I think the moon`s gravity would make a complete mess of them though."
    Not necessarily. Saturn has dozens of moons and the rings look just fine.
  12. Profile photo of bobhub600
    bobhub600 Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:30 am
    How about , instead of blowing up the moon we make a ring out of satellites and stuff , it would be like a giant ring of information!
  13. Profile photo of Hansbo
    Hansbo Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:39 am
    Actually, since the position of the rings on the sky of any given position on earth is constant, this would have been so useful for navigation in the old days.
  14. Profile photo of MetalicDemon
    MetalicDemon Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:40 am
    thats so cool
  15. Profile photo of FIRST_poster
    FIRST_poster Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:42 am
    how about we only live on nuclear power and make a ring out of nuclear waste?
    maybe it will glow in the night?
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    lockedup Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:44 am
    Wouldn`t the rings eventually fall towards Earth and cause havoc? I seem to remember reading that Saturn`s rings do that and that they`ll eventually disappear
  17. Profile photo of Rick_S
    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:49 am
    "`I think the moon`s gravity would make a complete mess of them though.`
    Not necessarily. Saturn has dozens of moons and the rings look just fine."

    Our moon is exceptionally big in terms of moon size compared to planet size. Given the amount of gravity our planet "makes" compared to the amount of gravity our moon "makes", it might not be possible for us to have rings. Then again, it might.

  18. Profile photo of _kiersten_
    _kiersten_ Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:59 am
    That would be so cool o.o Id love to sit up at night and look at them :3
  19. Profile photo of nonamewillfi
    nonamewillfi Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 9:15 am
    kier, so would i. but do you sit up at night and stare at the moon?
  20. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2009 at 9:16 am
    that settles it... lets blow up the moon and make this happen

    lets trash the moon, and get us some rings! but make them like a crystal that would break up the light and make it look like a trippy rainbow.

    That would be a very bad idea. Having the moon in one piece plays an important role in life on Earth. Breaking it up would have some bad effects.

    It would be easier to grab some asteroids and tow them in, anyway.

  21. Profile photo of jkuroneko
    jkuroneko Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 9:18 am
    Aww, I wish Earth had rings...
  22. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 9:34 am
    It would also mean:
    >We could not have satellites in Geosynchronous or Geostattionary orbit, which is vital for GPS and certain communications to work.
    >Most of our vehicles would have to be launched far away from the equator.
    >A space elevator would be EXTREMELY impractical.
    >Mankind would have to be more careful about the junk it puts in space
  23. Profile photo of almightybob1
    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 9:36 am
    Beautiful.
  24. Profile photo of areumad
    areumad Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2009 at 9:53 am
    nerds
  25. Profile photo of SheaSF
    SheaSF Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2009 at 9:56 am
    Cool concept. I wish we had rings. But weird music choice. There are so many inspiring works of music that wouldn`t limit the experience to something religious.
  26. Profile photo of alienmaster
    alienmaster Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 10:22 am
    pretty cool ;]
  27. Profile photo of RecycleElf
    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 10:32 am
    amazing.
  28. Profile photo of moonperyie
    moonperyie Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 11:02 am
    Its an Earth Extreme Makeover.
  29. Profile photo of bklynusa
    bklynusa Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2009 at 11:12 am
    youve been STURN`D
  30. Profile photo of RyanHake
    RyanHake Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 11:32 am
    Wow, a lot of this vid suggests it would look pretty damn amazing. I want rings :(
  31. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2009 at 11:34 am
    Cool idea lets put a highway around earth :)
  32. Profile photo of Chickenthief
    Chickenthief Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2009 at 11:47 am
    What about all the rocks and debree that would shower the earth constantly.
    Now that havoc would be neat because it would not hit me far up north, but the constant shooting stars ;-)
  33. Profile photo of nycballa890
    nycballa890 Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 11:50 am
    i`m not sure if a ring on earth would look exactly like that cuz saturn`s ring is made of rock and debris, not a thin blade looking thing
  34. Profile photo of Satsuriku
    Satsuriku Female 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 11:51 am
    WANT
  35. Profile photo of apolloapk
    apolloapk Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm
    if you want rings all we need to do is blow the moon to dust...not impossible
  36. Profile photo of KoalaMeatPie
    KoalaMeatPie Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    OK, yeah, but what about the ring`s shadow?
  37. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm
    Hell yes.
  38. Profile photo of tkpb9381
    tkpb9381 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm
    Dang. Thats so cool!
  39. Profile photo of Itsalwysunny
    Itsalwysunny Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    earth looks pretty gay with rings sorry saturn but your a tad bit on the femanine side thats like asking what Rampage Jackson would look like in a dress...............photoshop anyone??
  40. Profile photo of msieg007
    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 12:41 pm
    "How about , instead of blowing up the moon we make a ring out of satellites and stuff , it would be like a giant ring of information! "

    We technically already do. It`s too thin and spread out to see though.

  41. Profile photo of keith2
    keith2 Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm
    i wonder what religion would have made of the rings if earth had them
  42. Profile photo of sonikku
    sonikku Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    KoalaMeatPie: well, imo the shadows would destroy our climate. they would cover some areas for almost half a year, making local temperatures fall to, i dont know, -100 celsius.

    but they look awesome!!

  43. Profile photo of SaltyVarnish
    SaltyVarnish Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm
    yeah, the earth needs some bling!
  44. Profile photo of strickt
    strickt Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    One of the greatest classical songs ever written. Ave Maria if anyone was wondering...
  45. Profile photo of captainkat
    captainkat Female 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm
    would the rings mess with the earth`s climates in any way do you think?
    and that song gets me every time. i love Schubert.
  46. Profile photo of CreweAlex
    CreweAlex Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm
    I WANT THE EARTH TO HAVE RINGS
  47. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm
    Of course, the difficult part would be making a giant hamster that could survive while running round the ring.
  48. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    earth, you need to get on that.
  49. Profile photo of MrHyde
    MrHyde Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm
    Every time I hear this song I feel like loading some silverballers and hunting mafia bosses?
  50. Profile photo of CrstnAtheist
    CrstnAtheist Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm
    uhhhh tht was stupid
  51. Profile photo of darkevilsin
    darkevilsin Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    So there would be one huge shadow?
  52. Profile photo of Gn0m3
    Gn0m3 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm
    i feel like finding a creative way to drop a chandelier on someone when i hear this song
  53. Profile photo of ljdp
    ljdp Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    Not sure the brown suits earth. Does it come in green?
  54. Profile photo of RipJack
    RipJack Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm
    this song makes nostalgic for hitman: blood money
    good game.
  55. Profile photo of ImTakingOver
    ImTakingOver Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm
    Theres a guy in my class who thinks Earth really does have rings. lol
  56. Profile photo of MechaWolf
    MechaWolf Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm
    There was an old article in either Discover or Scientific American magazine where they were discussing the the Earth did have a temporary ring (maybe for a couple hundred thousands years) after the asteroid impact that would have wiped out the dinosaurs. And yes, the shadow caused by it would have been detrimental to the Earth`s climate, especially in the region where the shadow fell.
  57. Profile photo of Dfaulted
    Dfaulted Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2009 at 7:25 pm
    pretty
  58. Profile photo of ladyObored
    ladyObored Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:12 pm
    haha @ ljdp
  59. Profile photo of yellowsquare
    yellowsquare Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 8:45 pm
    Can we build a ring for the earth?! Please?!
  60. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm
    Great, first you find out there`s a ring around ur anus, now you want one around earth too?
  61. Profile photo of Shellie84
    Shellie84 Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 11:35 pm
    well, it certainly pretties up the sky :)
  62. Profile photo of Negative_One
    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2009 at 11:36 pm
    As soon as we get this climate change stuff sorted we need to start thinking about pimping up our planet.
  63. Profile photo of Tisjokar
    Tisjokar Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 11:42 pm
    pruutty
  64. Profile photo of earthshone
    earthshone Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2009 at 11:53 pm
    i agree with YELLOWSQUARE ; I`ll pitch in...
  65. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    December 1, 2009 at 12:32 am
    "And yes, the shadow caused by it would have been detrimental to the Earth`s climate, especially in the region where the shadow fell."

    I`d be interested to see how the rings shadow did fall and what impact it did have. Presumably the greatest impact would be on the polar areas.

  66. Profile photo of Bananamaster
    Bananamaster Male 13-17
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    December 1, 2009 at 9:21 pm
    A Trekkie`s wet dream!
  67. Profile photo of k10josumm
    k10josumm Male 18-29
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    December 2, 2009 at 12:41 am
    anyone else reminded of halo?
  68. Profile photo of idiotfilter
    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    December 3, 2009 at 7:59 pm
    beautiful...it`s too bad it would totally F*ck up life as we know it....but it`s still cool to think about...
  69. Profile photo of Jamalxoxo
    Jamalxoxo Male 18-29
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    December 4, 2009 at 3:26 am
    Yea, Halo was on my mind the whole time too
  70. Profile photo of Asakura
    Asakura Female 18-29
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    December 5, 2009 at 12:27 am
    >>matt
    why the poles? they would be the only areas unaffected by the shadow.

    It might not be so bad, because they are transparent. saturn`s rings are made up of dust and small rocks. light and heat can pass through it, like our ozone layer. It`d probably just make the earth a bit cooler but not by much.

    either way it`s a pretty idea, but no sense fretting over cause it`ll never happen

  71. Profile photo of magoo22
    magoo22 Male 30-39
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    December 5, 2009 at 4:40 am
    It seems plausible that the additional shadow would cool the earth, but there would also be additional sunlight reflected off the rings would there not. We would have one hemisphere cooler an the other hotter . We may not freeze but I imagine it would make for WILD weather.
  72. Profile photo of Asakura
    Asakura Female 18-29
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    December 5, 2009 at 11:52 am
    okay then. someone call up god and ask him to update the universe.
  73. Profile photo of wyo
    wyo Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:18 am
    So beautiful. If it made the world a little bit cooler, wouldn`t that knock of global warming for a few years?
  74. Profile photo of MrYouKnow
    MrYouKnow Male 13-17
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    December 7, 2009 at 9:19 pm
    1:25 kind of reminds me of being on halo in Halo 1.
  75. Profile photo of lyckosam
    lyckosam Male 18-29
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    January 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm
    im now sad that we don`t have rings around our earth... everyone, let`s get NASA to start chuckin sand out of their satellites.
  76. Profile photo of Earl_Grey
    Earl_Grey Female 18-29
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    April 21, 2010 at 3:38 am
    um... this might be a stupid question, but wouldn`t the ring`s mess with the Earth`s temperature by reflecting more sunlight onto it... and what about the shadow at the equator, wouldn`t that mess with the temperature too?

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