Earth With Rings: What If? [Vid]

Submitted by: Grifo 7 years ago in Science

What Earth would look like with rings like Saturn.
There are 76 comments:
Female 131
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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Male 193
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.
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Male 1,081
1:25 kind of reminds me of being on halo in Halo 1.
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Male 97
So beautiful. If it made the world a little bit cooler, wouldn`t that knock of global warming for a few years?
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Female 236
okay then. someone call up god and ask him to update the universe.
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Male 660
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.
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Female 236
>>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

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Male 3
Yea, Halo was on my mind the whole time too
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Male 3,915
beautiful...it`s too bad it would totally F*ck up life as we know it....but it`s still cool to think about...
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Male 431
anyone else reminded of halo?
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Male 8
A Trekkie`s wet dream!
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Male 2,220
"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.

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Male 1,685
i agree with YELLOWSQUARE ; I`ll pitch in...
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Male 985
pruutty
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Male 2,582
As soon as we get this climate change stuff sorted we need to start thinking about pimping up our planet.
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Female 4,197
well, it certainly pretties up the sky :)
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Male 8,302
Great, first you find out there`s a ring around ur anus, now you want one around earth too?
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Female 1,545
Can we build a ring for the earth?! Please?!
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Female 408
haha @ ljdp
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Male 1,918
pretty
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Male 315
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.
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Male 388
Theres a guy in my class who thinks Earth really does have rings. lol
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Male 124
this song makes nostalgic for hitman: blood money
good game.
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Male 28
Not sure the brown suits earth. Does it come in green?
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Male 420
i feel like finding a creative way to drop a chandelier on someone when i hear this song
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Male 343
So there would be one huge shadow?
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Male 39
uhhhh tht was stupid
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Male 494
Every time I hear this song I feel like loading some silverballers and hunting mafia bosses?
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Male 4,793
earth, you need to get on that.
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Male 12,365
Of course, the difficult part would be making a giant hamster that could survive while running round the ring.
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Male 76
I WANT THE EARTH TO HAVE RINGS
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Female 159
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.
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Male 73
One of the greatest classical songs ever written. Ave Maria if anyone was wondering...
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Male 678
yeah, the earth needs some bling!
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Male 350
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!!

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Male 2,591
i wonder what religion would have made of the rings if earth had them
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Male 2,034
"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.

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Male 1,375
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??
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Male 292
Dang. Thats so cool!
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Male 3,431
Hell yes.
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Male 2,576
OK, yeah, but what about the ring`s shadow?
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Male 53
if you want rings all we need to do is blow the moon to dust...not impossible
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Female 25
WANT
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Male 102
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
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Male 83
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 ;-)
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Male 25,417
Cool idea lets put a highway around earth :)
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Male 2,690
Wow, a lot of this vid suggests it would look pretty damn amazing. I want rings :(
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Male 216
youve been STURN`D
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Female 91
Its an Earth Extreme Makeover.
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Male 3,619
amazing.
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Male 21
pretty cool ;]
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Male 98
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.
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Male 6
nerds
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Male 4,290
Beautiful.
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Male 10,855
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
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Female 73
Aww, I wish Earth had rings...
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Male 12,365
[quote]that settles it... lets blow up the moon and make this happen[/quote]

[quote]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.[/quote]

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.

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Male 1,403
kier, so would i. but do you sit up at night and stare at the moon?
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Female 1,682
That would be so cool o.o Id love to sit up at night and look at them :3
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Male 3,327
"`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.

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Female 299
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
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Male 970
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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Male 1,485
thats so cool
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Male 901
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.
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Male 964
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!
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Female 160
"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.
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Male 383
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.
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Male 3,296
that settles it... lets blow up the moon and make this happen
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Male 10,440
[quote] Okay, that is awesome... How do we make it happen? [/quote]

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.

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Male 7,817
"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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Male 215
Eh, rings are for those fancy show-off planets in the outer solar system.
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Male 1,929
Aestheticly nice. I think the moon`s gravity would make a complete mess of them though.
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Male 674
Okay, that is awesome... How do we make it happen?
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Male 1,254
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.

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Male 1,931
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.

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Male 48
Link: Earth With Rings: What If? [Vid] [Rate Link] - What Earth would look like with rings like Saturn.
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